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Lion Spirit Walker
January 23rd, 2011, 03:31 AM
A thread dedicated to all the species of Life (from any era) that came before the human species. Be it through images or discussions. Simply a place to share in honoring the 'timeless' variety of Life that has been.

Lion Spirit Walker
January 23rd, 2011, 03:34 AM
I've always been amazed by Dinosaurs. Since my first collection of small 'drag your tail' dinos that my parents gave me one Christmas during my childhood.
This is and has always been my favorite, the Triceratops...
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/triceratops_788_600x450jpg.jpg

Lion Spirit Walker
January 23rd, 2011, 03:55 AM
Additional info to the above post...
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Description
Triceratops are estimated to have reached about 7.9 to 9.0 m (26.0–29.5 ft) in length, 2.9 to 3.0 m (9.5–9.8 ft) in height, and 6.1–12.0 tonnes (13,000–26,000 lb) in weight. The most distinctive feature is their large skull, among the largest of all land animals. It could grow to be over 2 m (7 ft) in length, and could reach almost a third of the length of the entire animal. It bore a single horn on the snout, above the nostrils, and a pair of horns approximately 1 m (3 ft) long, with one above each eye. To the rear of the skull was a relatively short, bony frill. Most other ceratopsids had large fenestrae in their frills, while those of triceratops were solid.
note; source information from Wikipedia.

Lion Spirit Walker
January 25th, 2011, 12:18 AM
Amargasuarus...
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/amargasaurus1jpg.jpg
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The Amargasuarus is from the early cretaceous period of the area now known as South America. It grew to a length of 10 m/33 ft.

Kiran
May 23rd, 2011, 09:08 PM
Ammonites

Ammonites are an extinct group of invertebrate animals. The name ammonite, from which the scientific term is derived, was inspired by the spiral shape of their fossilized shells, which somewhat resemble tightly coiled rams' horns.

http://www.skullsfossilsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/ammonite-ga1.jpg

Lion Spirit Walker
May 26th, 2011, 04:10 AM
Very cool. They almost look like the nautalis genua.
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/Nautilusjpg.jpg

Kiran
May 26th, 2011, 08:55 AM
Stunning picture Michael!! And yes they are similar!

Ryan
May 27th, 2011, 02:01 AM
I've always loved dinosaurs as well. These are two of my favorites:

Brachiosaurus brancai (or Giraffatitan brancai ) http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/romulus_01/BrachiosaurusBrancai.jpg

Argentinosaurus
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/romulus_01/Argentinosaurus.jpg

Though I've never seen a real Brachiosaurus/Giraffatitan or an Argentinosaurus, I've always imagined them as being as graceful and gentle as Elephants (my most beloved creature). If only I could spend even just a few moments with these extinct creatures...

Lion Spirit Walker
May 27th, 2011, 02:59 AM
Ryan, I agree they must have been amazing.

Narnia
May 27th, 2011, 01:50 PM
If only I could spend even just a few moments with these extinct creatures...

I am guessing you have read Jurassic Park ... ?

But really, it is amazing to think of a time when the planet was ruled by Dinosaurs! .... Really makes one wonder.

Lion Spirit Walker
May 28th, 2011, 12:46 AM
The Albertosaurus lived during the late creatacious period in the area now known as north western America. Adults grew to a size of 9-10 metres/30-33 feet.
I wonder if they could be tamed? Would make a cool polo pony...
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/albertosaurus1.jpg

Ryan
May 30th, 2011, 11:53 PM
Another one of my most beloved creatures: The Wooly Mammoth.


http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/romulus_01/397416-woolly_mammoth.jpg

Kiran
May 31st, 2011, 09:13 AM
Another one of my most beloved creatures: The Wooly Mammoth.


http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/romulus_01/397416-woolly_mammoth.jpg

What a beautiful picture Ryan!! You know? Twice I came here to post the mammoth and twice I got distracted!! My pictures were not as gorgeous as this one though :)

Narnia
May 31st, 2011, 01:37 PM
Saber Tooth Tiger.

http://geology.fullerton.edu/whenderson/F2007201/smilodon/images/Smilodon2.jpg

Image Source: http://geology.fullerton.edu/whenderson/F2007201/smilodon/images/Smilodon2.jpg

Kiran
May 31st, 2011, 01:38 PM
Saber Tooth Tiger.

http://geology.fullerton.edu/whenderson/F2007201/smilodon/images/Smilodon2.jpg

Oooooo Polly!! This has to be one of my favourites!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Narnia
May 31st, 2011, 01:46 PM
Oooooo Polly!! This has to be one of my favourites!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Mine too! Back in my 6th grade science class we had to do a drawing of a prehistoric animal of our choice, I choose the Saber Tooth Tiger ... the drawing (which is now lost) was an affirmation to me that I was an artist. :D

Ryan
May 31st, 2011, 08:40 PM
Thylacinus (Tasmanian Tiger). Hunted to extinction. Such a tragedy...

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/romulus_01/thylacinus.jpg

Kiran
May 31st, 2011, 09:35 PM
Wow! What a beautiful animal!!

Ryan
June 3rd, 2011, 06:24 PM
Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthal)

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/romulus_01/Neanderthal-001.jpg

Sometimes I wonder what could have been? If Neanderthals, our hominid cousins, were still around today, what would it be like? During the slave-trade era of our history, would we have treated them as sub-humans and enslaved them? What sort of impact would these "modern" Neanderthal's have on our religions? What would their culture be like--their music, their religion, their speech? What would our relationship be like with them today if they had lived? Would they be sophisticated or more similar in tradition/culture as tribes in South America and Africa?

It makes me sad, sometimes, when I think about this--about how we were cousin's. Family. And it's also very interesting to think about, in my opinion. What could have been...

Kiran
June 4th, 2011, 09:16 PM
You know Ryan....looking at his wonderful face....makes me kinda sad too. There is such a warmth behind those eyes and I think they may have added to our so-called society today...maybe made us a little warmer and less cynical.
HUGS and thanks for sharing that beautiful picture :)

Lion Spirit Walker
June 11th, 2011, 09:45 PM
Ohhhh. Kitty, kitty. :D



Saber Tooth Tiger.

http://geology.fullerton.edu/whenderson/F2007201/smilodon/images/Smilodon2.jpg

Lion Spirit Walker
June 13th, 2011, 03:09 AM
I think I need to adopt an Allosaurus.
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/allosaurus-artwork_LG.jpg

Lion Spirit Walker
June 13th, 2011, 03:12 AM
Or maybe an Ankylosaurus to go out cruising on weekends. LOL.
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/ankylosaurusjpg.jpg

Lion Spirit Walker
June 16th, 2011, 11:58 PM
An Icthyosaur fossil. One of the True Swimming Reptiles.
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/icthyosaur-fossiljpg.jpg

Lion Spirit Walker
June 17th, 2011, 08:54 PM
The Anchiceratops...
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/Anchiceratops.jpg

Lion Spirit Walker
June 17th, 2011, 09:08 PM
Anchiceratops skull cast...
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/Anchiceratopsskull.jpg

Kiran
June 17th, 2011, 10:47 PM
Wow some fantastic pictures here Michael!!! Thanks for sharing them :)

Lion Spirit Walker
June 18th, 2011, 12:17 AM
Tyvm. I love the Dinos. :)

Lion Spirit Walker
June 18th, 2011, 01:20 AM
National Geographic currently has an article up about a new dino species that was discovered. They stated it was a tiny preditor, akin to a t-rex. LOL. Nothing like the puppies biting your ankles.
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http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/psy_Michael/new-dinosaur-species-2jpg.jpg