Smilodon

Smilodon

Smilodon Smilodon is a genus of machairodont felid. It is one of the most famous prehistoric mammals, and the best known saber-toothed cat. Although commonly known as the saber-toothed tiger, it was not closely related to the tiger or other modern cats. Smilodon lived in the Americas during the Pleistocene epoch (2.5 mya–10,000 years ago). The genus was named in 1842, based […]

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Paraceratherium-transouralicum

Paraceratherium: The Largest Ever Land Mammal

Paraceratherium Paraceratherium is a genus of hornless rhinoceros, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals that has ever existed. It lived from the early to late  Oligocene epoch (34–23 million years ago); its remains have been found across Eurasia between China and the Balkans. It is classified as a member of the hyracodont subfamily Indricotheriinae. Paraceratherium means “near the hornless beast”, in reference to Aceratherium, the genus in which […]

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kaprosuchus

Kaprosuchus saharicus: The Galloping, Dinosaur-Eating Crocodile

Kaprosuchus  Kaprosuchus is a  genus of mahajangasuchid crocodyliform. It is known from a single nearly complete skull collected from the Upper Cretaceous Echkar Formation of Niger. The name means “boar crocodile” from the Greek κάπρος, kapros (“boar”) and σοῦχος, souchos (“crocodile”) in reference to its unusually large caniniform teeth which resemble those of a boar. It has been nicknamed “BoarCroc” by Paul Sereno and Hans Larsson, who first described the genus in a monograph published […]

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pangea-supercontinent

Pangea

Pangea Pangea or Pangaea or was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras. It assembled from earlier continental units approximately 335 million years ago, and it began to break apart about 175 million years ago. In contrast to the present Earth  and its distribution of continental mass, Pangea was centred on the Equator and surrounded by the superocean Panthalassa. Pangea is the most recent […]

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Euoplocephalus

10 of the World’s Most Important Dinosaurs (maybe not what you think)

More often than you might think, the dinosaurs the public happens to latch onto as their favorites on the big screen —Apatosaurus, Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus Rex, etc.—are less important to paleontologists than they are to journalists, fiction writers, and movie producers. Here’s a slideshow of 10 dinosaurs that don’t get much fanfare but that have made substantial contributions […]

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