30 Of The Most Interesting Pics That Prove Nature Was Insane Millions Of Years Ago

Skeleton Of Archelon Ischyros

There’s a very exciting subreddit called ‘Nature Was Metal‘ and its members are like online paleontologists, digging around the internet in search of images of dinosaurs and other animals that are now extinct.

Often, they find pretty very exciting ones: photos of real uncovered skeletons or image projections, built around them.

This subreddit is like a time machine, which may not physically take us to visit the ancient days, but it gives us glimpses of it, and that can be just enough to please our flaming curiosity.

#1 This Artist Tom Björklund Draws Neanderthals As People And Not As Biological Specimens. I Have To Say, Out Of All The Art I’ve Seen Of Neanderthals, This Is The One That Humanizes Them The Most.

This Artist Tom Björklund Draws Neanderthals As People And Not As Biological Specimens. I Have To Say, Out Of All The Art I've Seen Of Neanderthals, This Is The One That Humanizes Them The Most

#2 In 1982, The Comic Strip ‘The Far Side’ Jokingly Referred To The Set Of Spikes On A Stegosaurus’s Tail As A “Thagomizer”. A Paleontologist Who Read The Comic Realized There Wasn’t Any Official Name For The Spikes And Began Using The New Word; “Thagomizer” Is Now The Generally Accepted Term.

In 1982, The Comic Strip 'The Far Side' Jokingly Referred To The Set Of Spikes On A Stegosaurus's Tail As A "Thagomizer". A Paleontologist Who Read The Comic Realized There Wasn't Any Official Name For The Spikes And Began Using The New Word; "Thagomizer" Is Now The Generally Accepted Term

#3 “Dogor” An 18,000 Year-Old Puppy That Was Discovered In The Siberian Permafrost. He’s So Well Preserved That His Nose And Whiskers Are Still Mostly Intact.

“Dogor” An 18,000 Year-Old Puppy That Was Discovered In The Siberian Permafrost. He’s So Well Preserved That His Nose And Whiskers Are Still Mostly Intact

#4 This Isn’t A Dinosaur Fossil; It’s A Mummy

This Isn’t A Dinosaur Fossil; It’s A Mummy

A 110 million-year-old Nodosaur was swept to sea by a flooding river, sank, landed on its back, and was pressed into the ocean floor. It’s so well- preserved that it still has intestines and weighs 2,500 of its original 3,000 lbs.
#5 A Neanderthal Father With His Child. Reconstruction Made By The Kennis Brothers

A Neanderthal Father With His Child. Reconstruction Made By The Kennis Brothers

#6 10 Million Years Ago, Turtles Could Eat You With A Single Bite

10 Million Years Ago, Turtles Could Eat You With A Single Bite

#7 Outdated Reconstruction Of A Neanderthal vs. Scientifically Accurate Reconstruction Of A Neanderthal

Outdated Reconstruction Of A Neanderthal vs. Scientifically Accurate Reconstruction Of A Neanderthal

#8 A 120-145 Million Year Old Dinosaur With Two Heads Was Found In Yixian, China

A 120-145 Million Year Old Dinosaur With Two Heads Was Found In Yixian, China

It’s super rare because the chances of a two-headed animal are small and for it to even fossilize is even smaller.

#9 Imagine Just How Huge And Metal This Mammoth Must Have Been… Tusk Of A Woolly Mammoth In Siberia

Imagine Just How Huge And Metal This Mammoth Must Have Been... Tusk Of A Woolly Mammoth In Siberia

#10 A Comparison Between The Skull Of A Sarcosuchus And A Nile Crocodile

A Comparison Between The Skull Of A Sarcosuchus And A Nile Crocodile

#11 The Last Photo Taken Of A Wild Barbary Lion. Taken In 1924

The Last Photo Taken Of A Wild Barbary Lion. Taken In 1924

#12 The Giant Monster That Was Argentinosaurus

The Giant Monster That Was Argentinosaurus

#13 Megalodon & Human Size Comparison

Megalodon & Human Size Comparison

#14 Indohyus – The Earliest Known Ancestor Of The Whale

Indohyus - The Earliest Known Ancestor Of The Whale

#15 This Brachiosaurus Skeleton

This Brachiosaurus Skeleton

#16 Quetzalcoatlus, The Biggest Flying Animal Ever!

Quetzalcoatlus, The Biggest Flying Animal Ever!

#17 These Starfishes Embedded In Stone As A Fossil

These Starfishes Embedded In Stone As A Fossil

#18 These 250-Million Year Old Detailed Crinoid Fossils

These 250-Million Year Old Detailed Crinoid Fossils

#19 Titanoboa Skeleton

Titanoboa Skeleton

#20 23 Million Year Old Lizard Found In Fossil

23 Million Year Old Lizard Found In Fossil

#21 Sue Is The Largest T.Rex To Be Found So Far, At 90% Of The Body Complete

Sue Is The Largest T.Rex To Be Found So Far, At 90% Of The Body Complete

#22 A Megalodon Tooth Compared To A Great White Shark!

A Megalodon Tooth Compared To A Great White Shark!

#23 An Incredibly Intact Crinoid Specimen Fossil Dating Back To About 345 Million Years Ago!

An Incredibly Intact Crinoid Specimen Fossil Dating Back To About 345 Million Years Ago!

#24 The World’s Only Intact Fossil Of An Early Whale – The Basilosaurus Dating About 40 Million Years Ago – Has Been Uncovered During A Excavation At Wadi Al-Hitan In Egypt

The World’s Only Intact Fossil Of An Early Whale - The Basilosaurus Dating About 40 Million Years Ago - Has Been Uncovered During A Excavation At Wadi Al-Hitan In Egypt

#25 A Preserved Foot Of The Giant Moa Bird. An Extinct Species Native To New Zealand. It Grew To Be 12 Feet Tall

A Preserved Foot Of The Giant Moa Bird. An Extinct Species Native To New Zealand. It Grew To Be 12 Feet Tall

#26 An Argentinian Farmer Recently Found 20,000 Years Old Fossilized Glyptodons

An Argentinian Farmer Recently Found 20,000 Years Old Fossilized Glyptodons

#27 A Rare Fossil: The Shell Of A Tortoise Stuck In The Jaw Of An Ancient Elephant

A Rare Fossil: The Shell Of A Tortoise Stuck In The Jaw Of An Ancient Elephant

#28 Livyatan Is An Extinct Genus Of Sperm Whale And Is Most Notable For Being A Member Of The Raptorial Sperm Whales (Hyper-Predatory Sperm Whales) And Having The Strongest Bite Of Any Tetrapod

Livyatan Is An Extinct Genus Of Sperm Whale And Is Most Notable For Being A Member Of The Raptorial Sperm Whales (Hyper-Predatory Sperm Whales) And Having The Strongest Bite Of Any Tetrapod

#29 Triceratops Femur (Left) vs. Elephant Femur

Triceratops Femur (Left) vs. Elephant Femur

#30 This Spinosaurus Skeleton

This Spinosaurus Skeleton

Bonus: Prehistoric Spider-Like Arachnid Found Preserved In Amber

Prehistoric Spider-Like Arachnid Found Preserved In Amber

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