amnhnyc:

Tupandactylus imperator

Fast Facts

When: It lived around 115 million years ago

Where: Near a freshwater lake in what is now Brazil

Wingspan: About 10 feet (3 m) 

Food: Fish

No other pterosaur had a bigger crest in relation to its body size than Tupandactylus imperator. Its spectacular crest swept from a bone on the front of its snout all the way over its head, and attached to a long rod jutting out from the back of its skull, like a sail. The extremely rare fossil specimen shows signs of the soft tissue between the bones of the crest—probably a substance similar to bird beaks.

See Tupandactylus and much more in Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

Pretty beautiful illustrations!

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bogleech:

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On today’s Halloween monster review blog, a very special, kind of massive introduction to the world of Anpanman and specifically its ghastly main villains.

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Pretty influential ones, too. You’re missing a HUGE chunk of Japanese pop culture if you don’t know much about Anpanman. GET SCHOOLED

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http://bogleech.com/halloween/hall14-baikinman.html

comradewodka:

hballard:

Felt like drawing some pokemon. I was always amused by how similarly shaped spritzee and duskull are considering they’re almost complete opposites. So cute!

My headcanon is that the duskull is named Petunia and is crushing on a pretty-boy spritzee named Elvis….after they’ve both fully evolved she carries him around like a chauffeur and they have pleasant picnics in a field of flowers together~

that’s ADORABLE

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palaeopedia:

The stone Nippon, Nipponites (1904)
Phylum : MolluscaClass : CephalopodaSubclass : AmmmonoideaOrder : AmmonitidaSuborder : AncyloceratinaSuperfamily : TurrilitaceaeFamily : NostoceratidaeGenus : NipponitesSpecies : N. mirablilis, N. bacchus, N. occidentais, N. sachaliensis
Late Cretaceous (70 Ma)
6 cm long (size)
Indo-Pacific ocean (map)
Nipponites is an extinct genus of heteromorph ammonites. The species of Nipponites (primarily N. mirabilis) are famous for the way their shells form “ox-bow” bends, resulting in some of the most bizarre shapes ever seen among ammonites.
The ecology of Nipponites, as with many other nostoceratids, is subject to much speculation.

And for things like this is why I love paleontology.

palaeopedia:

The stone Nippon, Nipponites (1904)

Phylum : Mollusca
Class : Cephalopoda
Subclass : Ammmonoidea
Order : Ammonitida
Suborder : Ancyloceratina
Superfamily : Turrilitaceae
Family : Nostoceratidae
Genus : Nipponites
Species : N. mirablilis, N. bacchus, N. occidentais, N. sachaliensis

  • Late Cretaceous (70 Ma)
  • 6 cm long (size)
  • Indo-Pacific ocean (map)

Nipponites is an extinct genus of heteromorph ammonites. The species of Nipponites (primarily N. mirabilis) are famous for the way their shells form “ox-bow” bends, resulting in some of the most bizarre shapes ever seen among ammonites.

The ecology of Nipponites, as with many other nostoceratids, is subject to much speculation.

And for things like this is why I love paleontology.

Reblogged from palaeopedia

amnhnyc:

We’re welcoming the weekend with Lonesome George.
Be among the first visitors to see the famous Pinta Island tortoise who was the last of his kind when he died in 2012. Lonesome George will be on display at the Museum till January 4, 2015, when he will be returned to Ecuador as part of that country’s national patrimony.
Interesting stories from the past week:
See the fossil finds from a recent expedition to the Gobi Desert.
Black widows are among the few spider species harmful to people.
In a "bachelor band" of bighorn sheep, horn and body size determine rank.
Watch a trailer for Jalanan, featured in the 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival.
Have a wonderful weekend!

amnhnyc:

We’re welcoming the weekend with Lonesome George.

Be among the first visitors to see the famous Pinta Island tortoise who was the last of his kind when he died in 2012. Lonesome George will be on display at the Museum till January 4, 2015, when he will be returned to Ecuador as part of that country’s national patrimony.

Interesting stories from the past week:

Have a wonderful weekend!

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