Photograph of “Phobosuchus riograndensis” (now Deinosuchus rugosus) skull reconstruction (the actual fossils are of a darker shade, while the majority of the skull is light-shaded plaster). length of 2 m (6.6 ft)
from Colbert, Edwin Harris; Bird, Roland T. (1954-11-12). “A gigantic crocodile from the Upper Cretaceous beds of Texas”. American Museum novitates (1688).
* Fossil discovered by Barnum Brown, restored by Roland T. Bird
Moschops (meaning calf face) is an extinct genus of therapsid that lived in the Late Permian, around 255 million years ago. Therapsids were proto-mammals (non-mammal synapsids), which were the dominant land animals. 5 m long, Moschops was the largest land animal of its time, a herbivore preyed on by other therapsids. Its remains were found in the Karoo region of South Africa… (read more: Wikipedia)
(image: Dmitry Bogdanov)
Five year old girl digs up 160 million year old fossil.
She was armed with a spade better suited to building sandcastles than archaeological digs.
But that was all five-year-old Emily Baldry needed to unearth a rare fossil thought to be more than 160million years old. Emily pulled the 9st specimen out of the ground at Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire with the help of her father Jon, 40.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036505/Emily-Baldry-5-digs-rare-160m-year-old-fossil-Cotswold-Water-Park.html#ixzz1Y4T2WaHM
She is so lucky!
A trove of dinosaur protofeathers and more modern bird feathers, preserved in amber from a Late Cretaceous Canadian site, offers researchers a unique chance to examine the structure, function and even color of the feathers adorning dinosaurs and early birds 70 to 85 million years ago…