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Prehistoric Mammals / Livyatan Melvillei by Balcsika on DeviantArt

Prehistoric Mammals / Livyatan Melvillei by Balcsika on DeviantArt

It was a time when the oceans and rivers of the world were ruled by aliens with armored bodies and slicing bony blades in their mouths. Welcome to the Devonian, the Age of Fishes, when these creatures were at the height of their strangeness.

It was a time when the oceans and rivers of the world were ruled by aliens with armored bodies and slicing bony blades in their mouths. Welcome to the Devonian, the Age of Fishes, when these creatures were at the height of their strangeness.

Basilosaurus is Latin for “King Lizard”, but actually they are mammals, early whales to be specific. Basilosaurus was 50-70 ft. (18M) in length and it was the largest predator of its time. It lived 45-34 Million Years Ago in the late Eocene Period, raising its young in warm shallow seas. This species of whale was unique because they had very small hind limbs in addition to their front flippers.

Basilosaurus is Latin for “King Lizard”, but actually they are mammals, early whales to be specific. Basilosaurus was 50-70 ft. (18M) in length and it was the largest predator of its time. It lived 45-34 Million Years Ago in the late Eocene Period, raising its young in warm shallow seas. This species of whale was unique because they had very small hind limbs in addition to their front flippers.

Some dinosaur feathers may have been more fab than drab. Take this ostrich-size adult dinosaur called  Ornithomimus edmontonicus, which would have been adorned with stringy down %u2014 filamentlike feathers up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) long. The sexually mature adult also had markings on its winglike forelimbs that suggest it bore longer feathers that were absent from the juveniles of the species that were also discovered. As such, the researchers think the feathers may have been used for…

Images: These Downy Dinosaurs Sported Feathers

Some dinosaur feathers may have been more fab than drab. Take this ostrich-size adult dinosaur called Ornithomimus edmontonicus, which would have been adorned with stringy down %u2014 filamentlike feathers up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) long. The sexually mature adult also had markings on its winglike forelimbs that suggest it bore longer feathers that were absent from the juveniles of the species that were also discovered. As such, the researchers think the feathers may have been used for…

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