New Zealand Scientists Discover Fossilized Bones of Human-Sized ‘Monster Penguin’ — TIME

(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — Scientists in New Zealand say they’ve found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of a human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They say the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6 meters (5 feet 2 inches) tall and…

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Galloping across the steppes — TwilightBeasts

Around 50 million years ago, long before the Epoch of the Twilight Beasts, a little mammal, Eohippus, scurried about in the forests of North America. This creature, about the size of an average dog, was the ancestor of the magnificent horse we know today. During this Period, called the Eocene, the environment and climate was […]

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Globe trotter — TwilightBeasts

Horses are one of Europe’s last big mammals. They shouldn’t really be here: they should have vanished a long time ago with most of the other large mammals from the Pleistocene. Europe once had herds of gigantic, hairy mammoths; solitary, shaggy woolly rhinoceros; deer with antlers wider than I am tall; and so many more. […]

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‘Siberian unicorn’ walked Earth with humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

By Helen Briggs
BBC News

Artist's impression of the 'forgotten beast'
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Artist’s impression of the ‘forgotten beast’

 

A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until about 35,000 years ago.

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Scientists Unveil Ancient Sea Monsters Found In Angola — News : NPR

Almost 100 million years ago, when the South Atlantic Ocean was young, giant reptiles prowled the seas. Scientists have found a trove of these ancient creatures in the African nation of Angola.(Image credit: Madeleine Cook/NPR)

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