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“This dragonfly, preserved in the limestone of Solnhofen, Bavaria, lived millions of years ago.” Insects; the yearbook of agriculture, 1952.

Source: nemfrog

When I was young I was afraid of dragonflies. They were weird and almost alien in the way they moved. It was strong and lasted through my teens and into my twenties.

They are certainly remarkable creatures who can do things no other critter can.

I bet if I saw an abnormally large one those feelings would come back!

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When Gorgons Ruled the Earth

Ben G ThomasPublished on Nov 11, 2017

The Earth was a very different place 250 million years ago. The dinosaurs had not yet appeared, and instead ruled a very different group of animals; the Gorgonopsids. Thanks to Wretched for suggesting I make this video back in the Q&A!

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I really like the styling of these creatures and I am saddened that they died out. They must have been stunning!

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5 Amazing Finds Beneath the Sands of the Sahara

Curious World
Published on Dec 22, 2016

The Sahara desert is by far the largest hot desert in the world. It outshines all other hot deserts by a considerable amount and has a rich and surprising history beneath its sandy depths. And signs of past life that has, on occasion, exposed itself to the modern world. Here are five amazing finds from beneath the sands of the Sahara.

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Nicely done! Ginormous crocs, two civilizations, big whales and dinosaurs! Imagine if we cleared all the sand. Millions of minds would be blown wide open.

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Does Megalodon Still Exist?

Ben G Thomas
Published on Jul 29, 2018

Megalodon, the giant predatory fish of nightmares, was undoubtedly a magnificently terrifying creature. It’s also been the target of many claims that suggest it could still be alive today, and a lot of people on the internet seem to be convinced that this is the case. Therefore, here I’ll be reviewing the arguments that have been made in favour of Megalodon’s late-survival, and we’ll see if it is indeed possible that the monster shark lives.

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Art Used: RJ Palmer John Conway Alberto Gennari JoseDalisayV HSilustration SharkeyTrike Bob Nicholls RAPHTOR RaoulIncorporated Deskridge Julius Csotonyi #sharkweek #megalodon

I would like to believe they are still with us, but Ben has once again produced a balanced and well thought out documentary that requires one to drop the emotions and just ponder the situation rationally. I will sday that the conclusions within are the most likely to be the proper ones.

See if you agree… I am pretty sure you will when all is said and done.

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Is St. George fighting a plesiosaur-inspired dragon in this 1678 illustration from Mundus Subterraneus? Abel (1939, also the source of this image) thought so, noting the shift towards plesiosaur-like proportions and anatomy compared to more conventional European dragon depictions of the time.

The giants and plesio-dragons of Mundus Subterraneus

Athanasius Kircher’s 1678 German textbook Mundus Subterraneus– an early thesis on geography, biology, mineralogy and geology – contains several illustrations of animals which may have been informed by fossils. They include many types of giant human, which were said to be social, cave-dwelling species based on the bones of large animals found in caves – almost certainly remnants of Pleistocene mammals. Kircher also wrote about several types of dragon, many of which were of period-typical, worm-like form, but Abel (1939) noted one unusual dragon illustration that may have been influenced by a real giant reptile: a plesiosaur.

The illustration is plesiosaur-like in many respects, with a barrel-like body, small head, long and slender neck, a true tail, and curiously small ‘paddle-like’ wings instead of broad, membranous wings typical of dragon depictions. It’s not a perfect plesiosaur depiction by any means – it also has ears, a beak, and four legs – but Abel (1939) considered this reinvention of dragon form so dramatic that it could represent the arrival of a new source of inspiration for dragon anatomy, of which plesiosaurs are a possible contender. Marine reptiles, including plesiosaurs, were almost certainly uncovered during quarrying work in the historic Swabia region (now southern Germany) as rocks we now call the Posidonia Shale were exploited to build growing settlements. The Posidonia Shale is a site of exceptional preservation with abundant invertebrate fossils and rarer, but often complete and articulated, marine reptile skeletons. Posidonia quarrying dates back to at least the 16th century and, given that the quarrying was executed by hand, 17th century quarrymen would have seen fossils of many kinds, almost certainly including some well preserved plesiosaur remains. Had these discoveries caused a stir among local learned individuals, as well a giant reptile entombed in stone might have, it’s not inconceivable to think they could have been identified as dragons, and ultimately influenced Mundus Subterraneus.

As with our discussion of cyclops art, these details are only circumstantial evidence and they do not prove beyond doubt that plesiosaurs were referenced in Kircher’s dragon art. But I find this case a little more compelling because our records of the early modern period are better, so the correlation between historic events is tighter and the contrast to other dragon illustrations more obvious. Moreover, whereas ancient cyclops art doesn’t really look like the fossils said to inspire it, I can see some obvious plesiosaur-like details in Kircher’s illustration. It’s difficult to be certain about the relevance of plesiosaurs fossils to the image but, for me, this is a possible, if unconfirmed, piece of proto-palaeoart.

Please read the rest of this wonderful piece by Mark Witton at Unicorns, dragons, monsters and giants: palaeoart before palaeontology.

Sweet! Extra sweet!

Especially as I have been enamored of a recent and quite scholarly thread on ATS called Evidence for the Co-Existence of Humans and Dinosaurs. If your interest is peaked you should have a read of that, too. It’s good! Up at 11 pages now and it’s got 108 flags. Just wonderful! You will see that the premise is exceptionally solid and you will know why, too.

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DamirPradoT @DamirPrado 7:51 AM – 13 Oct 2018

At the dawn, over the low canyons and valleys of inland Morocco, the bright orange hits the bodies of two beasts that surprisingly meet face to face. A young Chenanisaurus and a Phosphatodraco live a meeting in search of food @GreyGriffon #TheSummonEngh2018

Ooh, Lordy, do I love pterosaurs!

The awesomeness! Paleoart Woo!

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Gabriel N. U. @SerpenIllus

Really happy for, and also jealous of, all the people that experienced the “Picturing The Past” paleoart exhibit at the @NMMNHS_Paleo yesterday. If you got to see any of the 3 art pieces by me in display there, or took selfies with them, let me know! #paleoart #2018SVP

Oh God these are lovely! Just fabulous!

I love this stuff…

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Joschua Knüppe @JoschuaKnuppe 9:35 PM – 13 Oct 2018

Results from the #paleostream! Giant stork from Flores, Wiehenvenator, Proterogyrinus and baby diplo. #paleoart #palaeoart #dinosaurus

Note the hunter lower left!

That is one massive boid. Maaadonne!

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Gabriel N. U. @SerpenIllus 10:03 AM, 12 Oct, 2018

For this #FossilFriday I bring you the archosauromorph Garjainia, who is judgmentally looking down on all of you #paleoart

Another one! Whee!

I think Gabriel has this guy pegged… I mean, just look at that look in his eye. Definite ‘tude, there, eh?

Hehehe

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Gabriel N. U. @SerpenIllus 2:57 PM, 12 Oct, 2018

Day 12 of #inktober2018 continuing with my theme of Permian Tetrapods, here is the giant parareptile Pareisaur Scutosaurus. A really armored herbivorous reptile.

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Parareptiles are where it’s at, man… I have never heard of a parareptile before, but I love the sound of it and I love this fabulous fellow. Kinda wish he wasn’t a herbivore, but hey, I love my broccoli rabe and spinach with corn, eh.

Ha!

PentaProps™ to the artist, too! Woo mad skillz!

God dayum I wish I’d kept my drawing up … cuz … I coulda done that easy. But then, I should have done so many things. Ok, imma cry now.

You’ll be seeing more stuff like this.

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Carinodens ‬fraasi‭, ‬C.‭ ‬belgicus,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬minalmamar

Art by: Wouter Verhesen, oceansofkansas.com

NameCarinodens ‬fraasi‭, ‬C.‭ ‬belgicus,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬minalmamar

Name Meaning: ‬‭Keel teeth

First Described: 1969

Described By: J.‭ ‬T.‭ ‬Thurmond

Classification: Chordata, Tetrapoda, Reptilia, ‭Squamata,‭ ‬Mosasauridae,‭ ‬Mosasaurinae,‭ ‬Globidensini

Carinodens existed during the Late Cretaceous and was discovered in the Netherlands, Belgium,‭ ‬Morocco, ‬Russia, and‭ ‬Ukraine.Carinodens at first was named Compressidens, but that name was very short lived because a species of mollusk already claimed that name, so the genus Carinodens was born! Carinodens is closely related to Globidens, and they are a sister taxon to each other. Both Carinodens and Globidens (globe teeth) had round shaped teeth for crushing molluscs, ammonites, and other hard shelled invertebrate prey. This style of teeth, represents teeth from the crush guild, which are teeth that are specialized in particularly eating hard shelled prey.

Sources:

www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/c/carinodens.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carinodens

What a nice fellow.

Bet he tastes yummy. Might make a good pet.

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Life on Mars, Curiosity Rover

Martian Archaeology
Published on Sep 11, 2018

NASA has found life on Mars they just won’t confirm it until they can return a sample to Earth. pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data… mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-ima…

This is actually a pretty nice video. Only real anomalies, nicely presented with no sensationalist fanfare.

Just as it should be.

I do feel — strongly — that many of the things we have seen up there are indeed fossils.

I have no truck with NASA, though, unlike many. Science  requires them to be sure, they cannot “youtube” us, for that would ruin everything. That said I have been rather upset with them in the past, when they had some sort of agenda, probably forced upon them by libular slimeworms.

They’ve been doing great since that all ended.

Exciting times lie ahead!

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Thrinaxodon, a burrowing cynodont. Triassic. South Africa. These two young Thrinaxodon probably died when the burrow in which they lived collapsed. Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Burrowing cynodonts are where it’s at, man.

Tough living in a hole, though.

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As a child addicted to sci fi movies (along with the unexplained) I always wondered if critters and other things really could come back from being in a deep freeze or other seemingly impossible situations.

Well, we saw a while back that success was enjoyed in unfreezing some plants, flowers,  I think, but I’m not sure of the specifics. Sigh.

And of course there are the perfectly preserved remains of everything, everywhere in the permafrost, even to the undigested stomach contents. Ooh God, I wish my memory didn’t have such trouble… I heard recently that the inventor of our frozen food process , the head of Birdseye, had calculated some fantastically short time for mammoth freezing of hours so you know something absolutely unimaginable happened…

But getting back on track, now we have this! Scientists from several Russian schools and our own Princeton University have warmed and woken nematode worms from back in the days of the mammoths. Don’t worry, nematodes are super tiny and are still around today.

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Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life

Nematodes moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in major scientific breakthrough, say experts.
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Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life
By The Siberian Times reporter
26 July 2018

Nematodes moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in major scientific breakthrough, say experts.
Awake after 42,000 years… Picture: The Siberian Times
The roundworms from two areas of Siberia came back to life in Petri dishes, says a new scientific study.
‘We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic,’ states a report from Russian…

The actual nematodes:
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Some corroboration…

Fox News website

The research was conducted by teams from multiple Russian institutions as well as Princeton University in New Jersey.

Interesting discussion over here, as well.

We live in such fascinating times…

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Man finds evidence of super massive tree w/leaves longer than the Empire State Building

MrMBB333
Published on Jun 15, 2018

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I am not sure what to make of this. My eyes aren’t helping.

Location of what looks like a 8 mile wide “ancient tree stump” – super massive

MrMBB333
Published on Jun 16, 2018

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Still not sure but grateful for the location.

This is too strange.

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Meet Dakotaraptor, the first “giant” dromaeosaur from the Hell Creek formation.

I’ve been sitting on these illustrations for months and can’t think of the last time I’ve been so excited to illustrate a new taxon. At 5.5 meters in length and with magnificently robust ulnar quill knobs, this is not only the first “giant” dromaeosaur from Hell Creek, but it is also the first dromaeosaur in this size range with indisputable evidence of feathers. And not just shaggy and sparse “protofeathers” as many skeptics purport in defense of the “half-arse” integument pattern.

No, Dakotaraptor had massive ulnar quill knobs, which meant that its arms likely supported thick, heavy feathers with a stiff central rachis. This confirms, once and for all, that feathers stage 3 and beyond existed on dromaeosaurs larger than Velociraptor and Zhenyuanlong. What was such a large dromaeosaur doing with feathers like this? There are several options which are not mutually exclusive: brooding eggs, aggressive mating and territorial displays, shielding young… but many of you will recall my particular fondness for Denver Fowler’s 2011 paper on “raptor prey restraint”, which posited a unique predatory role for robust wings on non-volant dromaeosaurs. These wings would have acted as stabilizers and balancers for a large animal as it struggled atop still-living prey, much as modern birds of prey do. Modern hawks and eagles have evolved particularly stout and powerful ankles for this purpose, which allow greater torque for the inner claw on each foot to dig into unruly prey. This inner claw is, certainly by no coincidence, by far the largest on most birds of prey.

The use of RPR by Dakotaraptor means it would have been especially appropriate when grappling similarly-sized prey, and Hell Creek has given us the perfect also-feathered match: Ornithomimus, a new feathered specimen of which has been described just days before.

There is much to be said on Dakotaraptor, from its possible synonymity with Acheroraptor to its ecological relationships with other Hell Creek carnivores, but it should come as no surprise that the role of feathers in its predatory ecology is what interests me most! I look forward to seeing what future analyses and potentially more material will bring.

Source: ewilloughby

Exceptional work.

I hope to see much more of this grand gallery.

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Randall Carlson Part 1 “Introduction to the Mysteries”

GeoCosmic REX
Published on Feb 8, 2016

Visit http://awarestate.com/exclusive to receive direct email announcements about new articles, books, classes, online appearances, videos, etc… Part 1 of 6: “The World is Not What it Appears to Be” Initiate your pursuit of the ‘Great Work’ here! How deep is that ‘rabbit hole’? Introductory monologue from the February 13, 2008 presentation “Sacred Geometry – the Architecture of Creation”. The best and most concise introduction to the in-depth studies with Randall W. Carlson. Dissipate your predispositions and expectations before clicking “Play” Lead-in music by David Walen Jr: www.soundcloud.com/davi-w-jr

Part 2 “Introduction to the Mysteries” (Hidden Architecture of Creation)

Published on Feb 26, 2016

Part 2 of 6: “Entering the Temple Through Sacred Geometry” Randall shares quotes from the great teachers including Protagoras’ “Man is the measure of all things” as related to the Divine Proportion, and from a 400+ year old Masonic lecture; addresses the symbolic use of the ‘Square and Compasses’ in ancient art with Fu Hsi and Nu Qua; references to the Great Architect of the Universe…

Part 3 “Introduction to the Mysteries” (Initiation into Symbols – Great Work)

Published on Feb 27, 2016

Part 3 of 6: “Initiation into the Symbols of the Great Work” Randall deciphers a symbolically potent diagram from medieval alchemy – ‘The Divine Consummation’ and reviews the geometric (literally ‘Earth measure’) techniques used by Eratosthenes to determine the size of our planet 2400 years ago in Egypt. Welcome in!

Part 4 “Introduction to the Mysteries“ (Significance of the Great Year)

Published on Mar 3, 2016

Part 4 of 6: “Significance of the Great Year” Depictions of Christ figure within the ‘mystic almond’ surrounded by the Lion, the Bull, the Eagle, and the Man – representing the four ‘fixed’ signs of the Zodiac, introduces the Ancients’ model of the ‘Great Year’ that conveyed the “periodicities of the great catastrophes”

Part 5 “Intro to the Mysteries” (Drowning of the World during the Age of Leo)

Published on Mar 9, 2016

Part 5 of 6: “Drowning of the World during the Age of Leo” Review the ‘Cosmic Zodiacal Clock’, identifying the winter of the Great Year as the Age of Leo, which was thoroughly catastrophic – drastic climate change and mass extinction, with flooding on an unprecedented scale. He offers perspective on modern climate fears, setting the stage for the “drowning of the world” during the unresolved ‘Energy Paradox’ Please excuse the darkness and deteriorating audio: Randall shuns the spotlight – literally, preferring the lights low to improve the projected images, and ignored the placement of the lapel microphone, which slowly made its way deeper and deeper into his chest pocket…

Part 6 “Intro to the Mysteries” (Applying the Treasure of Knowledge)

Published on Mar 12, 2016

Part 6 of 6: “Finale – Applying the Treasure of Knowledge” Defining the cosmic ‘enemy’ in preparation to mitigate ‘The Curse’. “The key to our survival is knowledge” – the great treasure preserved by the ancient orders, including the Platonic Solids that represent the measurements of space AND time… Lead-in music by David Walen Jr: http://www.soundcloud.com/davi-w-jr Please excuse the darkness and deteriorating audio

Randall Carlson is the man when it comes to interpretation of the geologic evidence left behind by the planet-wrenching cataclysm that happened a mere 12,900 years ago, give or take a 100 or so.

There is simply so much evidence on a world-wide basis that directly points to this event… and not stories… real physical evidence written into the surface of the earth.

I long to know about who came before and what they did. It is a nearly impossible dream in our current state. There remain only rare fleeting glimpses… unless we do some incredibly major digging in Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and the Middle East. Somehow it can be doubted that anything like that sort of project will occur without human society going fully over to the good side first. What little has been done has shown some truly amazing structures. The deeper you go, the more incredible the discoveries.

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Catastrophe at 12,900 BP (excerpt from Cosmic Grail series) w/ Randall Carlson (2015)

GeoCosmic REX
Published on Nov 15, 2016

Visit http://awarestate.com/exclusive to receive direct email announcements about new articles, books, classes, online appearances, videos, etc… Randall’s angle on the ‘Quest for the Holy Grail’ takes an acute diversion from the “Revealing the Cosmic Grail” topics of this 15+ hour lecture series to review the sudden and likely cyclical changes that occurred around 12,900 years ago – almost precisely one-half of a Great Year into the past…

This is more my speed and is so much more pleasureable than the previous two posts. Evil is always creepy.

Evidence is there and finally the interpretations are coming in thanks to a small group of folks of which Randall is a nicely articulate member. The only question know, I think, as a layman, is what did it.

But folks like Mr. Carlson can read the terrain and see what happened with a surprising amount of accuracy… a wonderful talent that is eye-opening to be sure. I can visualize what happened from the way he tells the story… and my goodness what a cataclysm. We squeaked by on that one. Lucky we are.

I do hope that somewhere there is an enclave that miraculously escaped the destruction, but, it is far less likely than a really unlikely thing.

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No doubt stolen from Jurassic Park or something…

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Close, I must say … but no cigar.

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Fine dino

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Do you see any stripes? I don’t. The slightest of hints… not quite enough, though.

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Normally a big red arrow or circle means it goes in the trash bin, but, I kinda like this one and hope it is real.

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A bunyip_by_shiverz.

 

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Giant Haast’s eagle attacking New Zealand moa. Giant eagle is right! Holy cow!

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This is the famous ‘classic shot’… I have seen this countless times since I was a kid.

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That guy is praying that nothing comes out that end!

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God what a magnificent animal.

For all intents and purposes… this is a dinosaur. And that, folks, is a precious thing.

What is not fabulous is that they are gone and neither you nor I will ever see one.

I was eye to eye with an emu once, courtesy of my dad and that was pretty damn fab for sure. They are kin to our moa buds so it counts and it was extra cool as it was an emu and not your everyday ostrich. Not that ostriches run around much in Connecticut, but you know what I’m talkin’ about.

It wasn’t 12 feet tall, though!

Maybe there is a hidden valley somewhere with a few moa families still around. Unlikely, but hey, you never know.

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Roy! Roy Chapman Andrews! (Childhood hero, don’tcha know) The lad’s comrades all seem to be regular height, though. But I do know there were more tallboys there than just this guy.

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Frederick John Kempster, 13 April 1889 – 15 April 1918

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Kurt Zehe, 12 January 1913 – 1969

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Maria Feliciana dos Santos

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Robert P. Wadlow

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Elsa and Hilda Van Droysen

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Chang Woo-Gow (sp?)

   

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There are certainly some pretty sizeable folks out there, eh.

Used to be a lot before they faded away into the depths of time and space. I think it is rather unfortunate that they’re not around any more. Life would be much more interesting.

But hey, here we are.

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Here’s Leptoceratops gracilis, which really isn’t very gracile and is actually rather thickset and ugly in comparison to other ceratopsians. I mean look at it.

Cool thing about Leptoceratops, though, is that they were some of the last (non-avian) dinosaurs, living alongside all the old favourites like Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, and Ankylosaurus. For a small ceratopsian with such a ‘primitive’ body plan, that’s rather unusual.

Still ugly though.

One of the earliest known dinosaurs, Herrerasaurus lived during the Late Triassic (~231 mya) in what is now Argentina, South America. It was a fairly lightly-built bipedal carnivore, with the largest specimens reaching sizes of just over 5m long (16′4″).

The exact classification of herrerasaurids is still somewhat unclear, with different analyses putting them in different positions on the early dinosaurian family tree. They’re generally considered to at least be closely related to basal theropods – but a recent analysis that reshuffles dinosaur relationships suggests their resemblance to the theropods might be a result of convergent evolution, with them being the sister group to sauropods instead.

Not sure if i ever posted this, but i found him again and i doubt i’ll have time to finish him.

Alolan exeggutor! The basic thought behind him was that the main body was an adult and the extra ‘heads’ were actually the young exeggcute before they drop off to form a cluster of their own. the ones around the main head are known to bicker with the parent body, whereas the tail dwelling ones are quite content and friendly. Basically a living dinosaur too, with the leaves being akin to camouflage feathers as they feed on things in the canopy of Alola.

They then drop off and begin their life as a cluster, their skin going pink before they go off to reach maturity.

boop!

587: Raptor (Jurassic Park)

Your camo can’t save you from Lawyers!

This concludes book monster week my lovelies! As always, feel free to suggest another themed week for the future! <3

Requested by: askbrobat

Difference Between Book & Movie. The movie is a MUST though.

578: Burrunjor

Maybe not a rex, but close!

Destination Truth Episode!

 

Daily Monster 309: Arica Monster

Region of origin: Atacama Desert, Chile

Sighted by motorists on the roads of the deserts of northern Chile, witnesses have described encountering a large, bipedal creature crossing the road and approaching their vehicles. In the early Eighties, it was described as kangaroo-like, then in the Nineties it was said to more conclusively resemble the velociraptors from Jurassic Park, leading cryptozoologists to surmise it may be a surviving dromaeosaur of some kind. However, like the chupacabra turning from a winged reptilian figure to a canid beast as new information was absorbed into the folklore, as our understanding of the dinosaurs themselves changed so too did the Arica monster: those intent on preserving the idea of an extant dinosaur changing their depictions to include feathers and bird-like features while others maintain the earlier accounts of a more distinctly reptilian creature.

 

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This fab fella was just seen, swimming, in a living fashion, a half mile below the surface of the sea off the coast of Portugal. It was captured. First time one’s been sighted alive and cavorting which makes this an epic event in the annals of ocean science and nature. This particular frilled shark species had been known of since about the 1880s-90s, but no one had ever seen one swimming about. So Ra. Ra. Sis. Boom. Ba.

The cool thing about this dude is that it is one of those “living fossil” type critters… it dates back to 80 million years ago, so it was a contemporary of all our favorite diner sores from our childhood dreams.

Hasn’t changed to any noticeable degree… and to that I ask… “Well, why would it?”

The below Article comes from this Newsweek link
Prehistoric, Dinosaur-Era Shark With Insane Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of Portugal

The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature.

The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working on a European Union project in the area, the BBC reported. The aim of the project was to “minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing,” but the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.

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Scientists from Portugal’s Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) have dubbed the catch a “living fossil”, after using techniques to identify the animal that indicates the species dates back almost 80 million years.
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I have always been in awe of these things. They terrorized the gauchos! They did, I don’t care what they tell you.

Can you imagine one of these after you? High performance killing machines of the evolved velociraptor kind. Claimed to be extinct. Let us hope to Hell that is so. I cannot be so sure. Mainly because, when it comes down to it, we don’t know squat.

 

Terror bird (Titanis walleri) with prey, artwork. This extinct, flightless bird
lived in North and South America approximately 2-5 million years ago. It stood
2.5 metres tall weighed roughly 150 kilograms. It belonged to the Phorusrhacidae
family of carnivorous flightless birds, commonly referred to as the terror
birds. Like other members of its family, Titanis had a huge head with a large
curved beak, powerful claws and tiny wings. The prehistoric horse shown as
killed prey and in the background are Hipparion sp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, that is a horse. What a way to go…

Whoa.

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Oh ai…I swear I am not right in the head. A recent study said that peeps who forget a lot are unusually intelligent. While finding it reassuring that I am “okay,” as a 99th percentile lad it is starting to escalate daily. This, I assure you is not a good thing. Especially when it affects others, sich as my aunt or my friend who asked me to help with his new play. Two days ago. Bad Iggy, Bad! Seriously. I also forget to even eat. This is becoming rather uncomfortable. Like the Queen said, we are not amused.

Oh man. I hope I can get a handle on this. Soonest!

On a lighter note today brought the grin inducing news that the word Patagonia translates as Bigfoot! How cool is that? Seems the whoke region has been known worldwide as being the abode of giants since Magellan in 1520 or so. And of course locally since the year dot. Well, only a few folk know today outside of the locals.

It would appear that there was a race of humans there who were pretty good size and robustly built, but not big enough to strike us as giants. Regular folks of the day and especillay peeps from Yurrop never got over five and a half and were mostly fivers. So to them, these beings were giants.

But the gauchos and farmers reported Bigfoot size critters regularly. But they had tails. Fascination grew in my heart and continues to do so because the most likely suspect is the giant ground sloth species known as Megatherium, who fits the bill perfectly… and… wait for it… is suspected by some to not be extinct but to still be out and about!

The only downside is their most likely location is close to impossible to get to on foot. It has been deemed a no-fly zone for some silly reason.

 

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Comparação entre o tamanho médio de um humano ao de animais já extintos, alguns da era Cenozóica.

Créditos do artista Dane Pavitt.

Comparison of the average size of a human to extinct animals, some from the Cenozoic era.

Credits from artist Dane Pavitt.

Too cool… hadda share.

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Giant Skeletons: A Contentious Debate – presented by Micah Hanks FULL LECTURE

See more Megalithomania videos and subscribe at: https://www.youtube.com/MegalithomaniaUK. Micah Hanks discussed the folklore surrounding giants as well as evidence that may support the existence of larger than normal human beings. He referenced a petroglyph in North Carolina known as Judaculla Rock, named after a giant of Cherokee legend called Tsul ‘Kalu. Hanks shared the myth of Tsul ‘Kalu and how it ties into the history of purported giants found in the Americas. Anthropologists James Mooney records the tale of a party of slant-eyed giants nearly twice as tall as common men that had come from the West to visit the Cherokee. There is a contentious debate about the existence of giants, noting that it is not necessarily a conspiracy since some of the best evidence supporting human remains of large stature can actually be found in Smithsonian records. http://micahhanks.com. Filmed on the ‘Ancient Alien Cruise’ organised by Mike Migliore.

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Okay watch out … my interest in ancient stuff has had twin turbos installed so expect more of these types of posts.

I am pleased to see Micah on the case. He’s good with no woo, thorough in research, very intelligent and able to articulate topics so they’re understood in voice or writing. Not only that … he is a really good musician.

Hanks is a welcome bit of fresh air in a field I have been in way too long having met way too many looneys. And I do mean looneys. He was that way when he started and he still is. This is a good thing.

It would be such a thrill to discover something so powerfully cool. After watching and hearing this you will know that it could still happen. No woo needed.

Enjoy.

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Joe Rogan Experience #872 – Graham Hancock & Randall Carlson

Graham Hancock is an English author and journalist, well known for books such as “Fingerprints Of The Gods” & his latest book “Magicians of the Gods” is available now. Randall Carlson is a master builder and architectural designer, teacher, geometrician, geomythologist, geological explorer and renegade scholar.

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Magicians of the Gods: http://grahamhancock.com/magicians/

Graham Hancock website: http://grahamhancock.com/

Randall Carlson websites: http://sacredgeometryinternational.com/
& http://geocosmicrex.com/

I was looking for a similar one, more recent issue of the wonderful Joe Rogan show, one where these two great minds go up against the willfully ignorant but quite smart Michael Shermer, Super Skeptic. But I admit to being absolutely thrilled that I found this one! It’s three and a half hours long—and I could not stop watching it. Couldn’t!

This particular podcast has within it what has got to be the single most awesome and profound revelation of reality—REAL reality—that has ever hit my mind. And oh Lordy do the pieces ever fit. Perfectly. All of them. Mind : Blown. To freakin’ smithereens, man. This has got to be what happened. There is no way anyone can ever pull me back.

Not that I was ever far… I knew there was an advanced civilization that ended and we are the scraggly survivors… but… to see the evidence… yes, evidence… testifying in unequivocal and unerasable style as to what happened to them… it is just profound and quite frankly stunning. It can take a bit, because the scale is so vast that it is almost inconceivable.

So many disciplines come together to tell the story. But we are just at the tip of the iceberg in understanding our past. It is also important to realize that the same thing can happen to us. It is not speculation, more a matter of when. And if we get on the stick we, with our present day resources and going forward can come up with a solution. It is thankfully, quite likely that the corporate world can be convinced to solve it, because doing so will allow them to collect vast riches in the near future, something they are known to have at least a passing interest in.

Please take the time to watch it. If you are on this blog you will very likely love it and be as gob-smacked as I am.

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STUNNING DISCOVERY
Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lumbered through what is now western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into open sea. The dinosaur’s undersea burial preserved its armor in exquisite detail. Its skull still bears tile-like plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK

 

SHIELDED FROM DECAY
Armored dinosaurs’ trademark plates usually scattered early in decay, a fate that didn’t befall this nodosaur. The remarkably preserved armor will deepen scientists’ understanding of what nodosaurs looked like and how they moved.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK

 

During its burial at sea, the nodosaur settled onto its back, pressing the dinosaur’s skeleton into the armor and embossing it with the outlines of some bones. One ripple in the armor traces the animal’s right shoulder blade.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK

 

On the nodosaur’s torso, chocolate-brown ribs lie next to tan osteoderms and dark gray scales. Tendons that once held up the dinosaur’s tail (top) run alongside its spine, preserved as dark brown bands resembling jerky.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK

 

A lucky break in the nodosaur’s left shoulder spike reveals a cross section of its bony core. The spike’s tip was sheathed in keratin, the same material that’s in human fingernails.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK

 

Royal Tyrrell Museum technician Mark Mitchell slowly frees the nodosaur’s foot and scaly footpad from the surrounding rock. Mitchell’s careful work will preserve for years to come the animal’s enigmatic features.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK

 

SOLVING THE PUZZLE
In life this imposing herbivore—called a nodosaur—stretched 18 feet long and weighed nearly 3,000 pounds. Researchers suspect it initially fossilized whole, but when it was found in 2011, only the front half, from the snout to the hips, was intact enough to recover. The specimen is the best fossil of a nodosaur ever found.
COMPOSITE OF EIGHT IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHED AT ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM OF PALAEONTOLOGY, DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA (ALL)

 

A cluster of pebble-like masses may be remnants of the nodosaur’s last meal.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK

 

MANUEL CANALES, NGM STAFF; PATRICIA HEALY. ART: DAVIDE BONADONNA. SOURCES: CALEB MARSHALL BROWN AND DONALD HENDERSON, ROYAL TYRELL MUSEUM OF PALAEONTOLOGY; JAKOB VINTHER; C. R. SCOTESE, PALEOMAP PROJECT

When I was a little boy I was hell-bent-for-leather on becoming a paleontologist when I grew up. I occasionally think it would have been a good thing. I even wrote a long letter to the legendary Roy Chapman Andrews at the American Museum of Natural History. He was my Hero, see… Unbeknownst to my preteen mind, he had passed a bit before then  and the museum staff wrote me a very sweet letter explaining that gently and encouraging my paleontological endeavors. Yeah, maybe I should have done that.

On the afternoon of March 21, 2011, a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.

At first glance the reassembled gray blocks look like a nine-foot-long sculpture of a dinosaur. A bony mosaic of armor coats its neck and back, and gray circles outline individual scales. Its neck gracefully curves to the left, as if reaching toward some tasty plant. But this is no lifelike sculpture. It’s an actual dinosaur, petrified from the snout to the hips.

The creature’s immortality hinged on each link in this unlikely chain of events. If it had drifted another few hundred feet on that ancient sea, it would have fossilized beyond Suncor’s property line, keeping it entombed. Instead Funk stumbled upon the oldest Albertan dinosaur ever found, frozen in stone as if it had gazed upon Medusa.

More incredible photos and story at National Geographic

This once in a lifetime thrill took the boffins over 7,000 man-hours of caring, dedicated labor to get this fella out of his rock prison.

Just…Wow.

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A long, long time ago, Peru and Brazil were, shall we say, not pleased with each other and there were continual difficulties over the border between their countries. It must be noted that the entire length of the disputed area is tropical rainforest, pretty much,, i.e., deep, dark jungle, passable even today only with very high effort and golly, the sitch a hundred years ago? Fuggedaboudit! Some iffiness might be expected. But something had to be done.

OK, maybe a lot or a little of that scenario is a product of igular speculation but hey, it came out the same way…

Lt. Col. Percival Harrison Fawcett

The British ruled the world back then, so they took on the job of sorting out the border for those wacky South Americans. They needed somebody good at mapping in the middle of the jungle and keeping a good head. Not many of those folks around.

Chosen for the job was a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army with a DSO, Distinguished Service Order, an Artillery officer by trade. By passion, though, Lt. Col. Percival Harrison Fawcett was an explorer and an archaeologist of some notoriety throughout the world. He got the job done. I personally think that that is the sole reason for all those terribly straight lines at the border there. Amazing work. To me, at least.

An incident that occurred during the couse of this mission in 1907 somewhere in the waters of the Beni swamps is what we are interested in.

It was fleeting and for us, significant af but he took it in stride along with all the ‘regular’ unknowns…bugs and birds and bats and such.

He certainly had passion and drive, not to mention expert skills and was in a serious quest for a long lost City of Gold that was rumored to be in the area after he learned of it while reading an explorer’s report from 1743 that hinted strongly enough at it to convince our man that it was worth spending every minute of free time looking for. He never did find it, sadly, but he passed looking for it, as one should if one is going to, doing what you love, for he never returned from his last excursion to find it.

Wiki on the Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett DSO (18 August 1867 – during or after 1925) was a British geographer, artillery officer, cartographer, archaeologist and explorer of South America. Along with his eldest son, Fawcett disappeared in 1925 during an expedition to find “Z” – his name for an ancient lost city, which he and others believed to exist and to be the remains of El Dorado, in the jungles of Brazil.[1]

Google search overview

Madre de Dios is a region in southeastern Peru’s Amazon Basin, bordering Brazil and Bolivia. In the west, vast Manú National Park encompasses Andean highland, cloud forest and lowland jungle. Celebrated for their biodiversity, the savannahs and old-growth rainforest of Tambopata Reserve lie in the southeast. Just north is regional capital Puerto Maldonado, at the convergence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata rivers.

Area: 32,935 mi²
Founded: December 26, 1912
Dialing code: 82

Here is the scope of the area off of the Google satellite. Google maps page centered on this area.

Needless to say, it is about as “jungle” as you can get on this Earth. As you can see…
note: the pic below is interactive and you can do a 360° turn and zoom in and out : )

I personally am well pleased with the fact that the fabulous Ollantaytambo and famous Cusco are only a stone’s throw away. Save on travel, eh what? Not only that, but on a more serious note the closeness of such places lends a good dollop of credence to the good Colonel’s prize actually existing. And as the mighty Pucabob, Fortean of Maine, reminds us, they’ve found 56 cities under the canopy so far using the spiffy new LIDAR radar instruments, so hey, it’s like this—we know they could do it and make it look easy and I certainly do imagine they could do a heck of a lot more than we could ever give them credit for.

But I don’t want to get too far off track as this is after all only a blog.

What we are concerned with is that in 1907 Colonel Fawcett saw an animal that he took to be a Diplodocus. Yes, the dinosaur. He included it in his reports back. Apparently the folks that live around there were at least aware of it. And the terrain is perfect for the thing, just like it’s ancestors lived in. Well, pretty much. Hot, wet and lots of water.

A good overview is located at a place called Genesis Park, where you may want to avoid any references to a religious agenda that’s present. I do note with some sadness that thesem sorts of sites are the only ones who will carry this sort of thing these days. Not so in the past… So they have a page on this called Diplodocus in the Amazon, where the two snippets below are extracted from…

“In 1907 Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Fawcett of the British Army was sent to mark the boundaries between Brazil and Peru. He was an officer in the Royal Engineers and was well known as a meticulous recorder of facts. In the Beni Swamps of Madre de Dios Colonel P. H. Fawcett saw an animal he believed to be Diplodocus… The Diplodocus story is confirmed by many of the tribes east of the Ucayali, a region covered by Clark.” (Clark, Leonard, E., The Rivers Ran East, 2001, p. xvi.) The drawing to the left is by Colonel Fawcett’s son, Brian. (World Explorer Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 6, p. 62.) The intrepid explorer also picked up reports of huge monsters inhabiting the swamps near the Madidi River in Bolivia. “There are snakes and insects unknown to scientists, and in the forests of the Madidi some mysterious and enormous beast has frequently been disturbed in the swamps–possibly a primeval monster like those reported in other parts of the continent. Certainly tracks have been found belonging to no known animal–huge tracks, far greater than could have been made by any species we know.” (Fawcett, Exploration Fawcett, 1953, pp. 220-221.)

I like this one…

In later years, a few occasional reports concerning the “Madidi monster” would reach the west. Modern-day explorer Leonard Clark picked up stories of Indians seeing long-necked animals that browsed on the vegetation and attacked canoes that approached them. “Speaking of reptiles, old boy, Colonel Fawcett reached the eastern edge of Madre de Dios, out where you are going. It is a country of swamps apparently. One day while running his dugouts through it, he saw a great reptilian head rise out of the jungle, but before he could shoot, the head was lowered. From the noise the beast made getting away, he took it to be some sort of dinosaur. His Indians revolted and it was necessary to return to Mato Grosso. When I smiled, he presently added, ‘Don’t be too sure they don’t exist – we hear a great many stories from the Indians here!’” (Clark, Leonard, The Rivers Ran East, 2001, p. 41.)

There isn’t much on the webz and a lot of sites just post the page the above are taken from but Googling Fawcett will net you some good stuff. Here are some to get you started.

Related Links:

Benedict Allen talks about Colonel Fawcett

Colonel Percy Fawcett is Alive After he disappeared into the jungle and didn’t come back out, Fawcett’s story gained impressive traction world-wide – and for quite a long time.

Mysteries of Ancient South America by Harold T. Wilkins

Last words from the legendary British explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett – includes expedition map

Very Large Maps of Colonel Fawcett’s Amazon Jungle Expeditions

English translation of Manuscript 512 This is the tale written by the ancient explorer that managed to convince Fawcett that there was indeed a grand lost city that he should devote his days to seeking. He named the city simply Z.

Colonel Fawcett’s 1925 Expedition to search for the Lost City of Z

Manhunt in the Jungle by George M. Dyott

The Lost City of Z by David Grann Book Review

Amazon explorers uncover signs of a real El Dorado

Tale of a Lost Explorer and Lost City by Kosmo

Great stuff!

If I was in good shape and could see where I was going I would most assuredly go and look for the creature. Absolutely. The creationists from the Genesis Park site went down there in 2005 in answer to my question in the title, which I think is great, but, of course, found nothing. They say that not  verymany of the locals knew of the thing but a few did still. Perhaps that means they finally did all go up to heaven in the century since our man saw one. But I think they are still there, a very few probably, hanging on, just farther away from the ever-encroaching people.

We can hope, eh? Mokele Mbembe bin needin’ some play dates, don’tcha know…

I better post this. For some reason I inadvertently hit publish twice before I was done… the first time before I even wrote anything! Sigh.

Enjoy.

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Giant Prehistoric Apes of South East Asia [FULL DOCUMENTARY]
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A Giant Prehistoric Ape was believed to have roamed the jungles of southeastern Asia for around a million years. Many believe that these giant prehistoric apes may be behind the Bigfoot and Yeti sightings of the modern era. Modern day sightings of giant apes in North America and Asia are very interesting. The fossil record suggests that individuals of the species Gigantopithecus blacki were the largest known apes that ever lived, standing up to 3 m (9.8 ft), and weighing up to 540 kg (1,190 lb)
This Giant Prehistoric Apes of South East Asia documentary investigates claims that these the prehistoric giant apes, could still be thriving in the jungles of south east Asia.

This Documentary goes in search of the Giant Prehistoric Apes of South East Asia, one of the few documentaries ever based on this Giant Ape. Watch the full documentary here and if you like this show, please like and subscribe for more full documentaries.

This one couldn’t go in the rock ape post as they are not the same fellows at all. Rock apes are our size and smaller, mostly. They do get get reports of big guys over there in Rockie’s territory sometimes… those are not rock apes but they are the subject of this video and would be our Sasquatch species and the Yeren and perhaps others.

Is Bigfoot a Gigantopithecus? Could very well be, or a subspecies.

There is absolutely no natural reason whatsoever as to why the creatures, in any and all their variations, cannot exist out there in the world today.

None.

Capiche?

Good.

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pterosaursSorry!

I love pterosaurs.

Want so badly to see a live one.

Logistics and funding will allow no such thing at this point in the journey. Sigh. Hopin’!

Anyway, here is a nice illustration that appeared on my Facebook newsfeed. It really caught my eye.

Didn’t say who the artist is, though…

If anyone knows, please comment, eh?

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