November 2, 2012

A Carnivorous Mastodon: Be Afraid, Very Afraid

Brian Switek, Wired

AP Photo

Extinction sucks. Only yesterday, in geologic terms, did mastodons, sabercats, giant ground sloths, and their charismatic Ice Age contemporaries roam North America. Humans even encountered these beasts, but I was born about 10,000 years too late to see the Pleistocene menagerie. I just missed some of the most wonderful mammals ever to tread the continent.

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TAGGED: Fossil Record, Monsters, Mastodon, Carnivores


October 17, 2013
Does Enormous Oarfish Explain Loch Ness Monster?
Ben Radford, Disc.
The recent discovery of a monstrous fish off the Southern California coast has people buzzing. Photos of people holding a long piscine monster have spread around the Internet; there are of course many fake “big fish”... more ››
October 24, 2013
How Burgess Shale Changed View of Evolution
Jerry Adler, Smithsonian
They are, in the opinion of no less an authority than the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, “the world’s most important animal fossils”—not Tyrannosaurus rex, not Lucy, but a collection of marine invertebrates mostly a... more ››