i default to baby dinosaurs every time i draw
The last lonely passenger pigeon died in 1914. Her stuffed body is on display at the Smithsonian Institution. I’ve seen her. It’s a sad exhibit.
But what if passenger pigeons could be reincarnated?
That’s the idea behind de-extinction. Take DNA harvested from museum specimens and…
hehe she issss about 14 weeks I think? I’ll have to check but she’s nearly an adult, she just has to lose some fuzzy feathers on the top of her head and get her little horn casque thing and start laying eggs ahah…. she can jump/flap pretty high! she got on the roof of the conservatory yesterday. and yup hahahaha she’s a turd
Flock of Ancient ‘Butterfly-Headed’ Flying Reptiles Discovered
by Tia Ghose
An ancient flying reptile with a bizarre, butterflylike head has been unearthed in Brazil.
The new-found pterosaur species, Caiuajara dobruskii, lived about 80 million years ago in an ancient desert oasis. The beast sported a strange bony crest on its head that looked like the wings of a butterfly, and had the wingspan needed to take flight at a very young age.
Hundreds of fossils from the reptile were unearthed in a single bone bed, providing the strongest evidence yet that the flying reptiles were social animals, said study co-author Alexander Kellner, a paleontologist at the Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil…
(read more: Live Science)
illustration by Maurilio Oliveira/Museu Nacional-UFR; photos: Manzig et al, PLOS ONE 2014
Paleontologists found this sweet whorl of teeth called a Helicoprion, but really didn’t know how it might have been situated in a fish’s mouth.
There were many theories postulated about how the teeth fit in the animal’s mouth (fourth image). When another specimen was found, it was determined that the owner of this strange jaw (not a shark, but a ratfish) had no upper teeth at all.
Ladies and gentlemen, the most metal fish.
(via Laelaps/National Geographic) Art by Ray Troll.