Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Anurognathus ammoni (Döderlein, 1923)
Wingspan: 35 cm
Long before drones and radio waves filled the air, Anurognathus soared amidst the trees of Germany, snatching up airborne insects with her small, sharp teeth.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ceratogaulus hatcheri (Matthew, 1902) (Horned Gopher)
Late Miocene to Early Pleistocene
Length (Quadrupedal): About 30 cm
The smallest horned mammal known to modern science, she has evolved bony (not just keratinous!) horns as a defensive measure. They are no larger nor more elaborate in her male counterparts.
The horned gopher. An animal so self-explanatory, she makes rocket launcher instructions seem like graduate school level calculus!
Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Opabinia regalis (Walcott, 1912)
British Columbia, Canada
Length: 7 cm (9.4 cm with proboscis)
Long before plastic and radioactive garbage filled the oceans, Opabinia patrolled the seafloor, snatching up soft prey with her trunk and then shoving them into her backward pointing mouth on the underside of her head.
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
“Ain’t I seen you before? I think I remember those eyes, eyes, eyes!”
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Yi qi (Xu et al., 2015)
Middle to Late Jurassic
Estimated Mass: 380 g
Unlike her sister paravians, Yi qi was too cool for pennaceous feathers, sporting absolutely none (unless they somehow failed to be preserved with her remains). Instead, she evolved a “styliform element,” made of bone or at least calcified cartilage, extending from her wrist to help support her membranous wings as she glided, if not soared, through the forests of Middle and Late Jurassic China.
Note: Colouration based on authors' analysis of melanosomes (pigmentation organelles) preserved in the fossil.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015