Prehistoric Discoveries Are Constant
It seems almost every day we can learn of new information regarding old life and times prehistoric. Dinosaur and other animal life can be better understood each day we move forward, thanks to tireless efforts of scientists young and old.
Prehistoric Discoveries Unveil Color and Camouflage
Many new prehistoris discoveries have lately been made in the world of prehistory and prehistoric life. Dinosaur colors and other distinguishing characteristics have been discovered that add to the plethora of visions we have today regarding these ancient animals. Think of rusty brown Mohawks, more stripes, and freckles. For the first time scientists can conclude that at least some feather-bearing prehistoric dinosaurs were colored russet and orange.
The “Mohawks” referred to above were actually “rufous”, or plumage. Other early feathered dinosaurs were revealed to have stripes of yellow and white. Along with these color discoveries, scientists have determined through other findings of specimens with feather-like bristles (pre-feathers) that feathers likely appeared before any ability to fly. A coat of down or feathers would have preceded wings, and had another purpose entirely, most likely warmth.
More Prehistoric Discoveries in Recent Times
Raptor cousins have been found to have had grooved fangs which allowed for venomous bites that helps bring down their prey. The longer ‘fangs’ would have been useful in piercing the furs and feathers of its prey.
A Saharan expedition has unearthed many fossils of prehistoric giant crocodiles and some new fish species, along with a prehistoric flying creature resembling a heron was discovered by a team of scientists in Casablanca. Since named Pterosaur, it is thought to be the earliest specimen of its kind. The wingspan is believed to be about six meters. However not the most recent Pterosaur specimen, it has been renamed Pterosaur alanqa saharica (after Al Anqa the mythological phoenix). Prehistoric Pterosaurs were found to have utilized intricate mating displays, much like modern day peacocks, and even that the shows were even more elaborate.
Prehistoric Discoveries in Tanzania
On the river banks of Tanzania, scientists recently discovered the remains of an unusual species of prehistoric dinosaur now known as the cat-like crocodile. Found in rock 105 million years old, this reptilian find is said to have the appearance of “trying very hard to be a mammal”. So, this specimen is going to be a great place to begin when applying evolutionary and developmental research model testing. Depictions of this creature show it to be jumping through the brush after flying insects.
Closer to home, a basement expedition has led to the naming of another new dinosaur, Brontomerus. Apparently what happens is that specimens are found and excavated, yet don’t necessarily have a staff of workers available and waiting to take on the tedious and time eating task of study and classification. So, they are excavated and stuffed in basements where hopefully one day some action will be taken. Brontomerus has been tagged as having “thunder thighs” with huge areas of attachment from muscle to bone. These attachments suggest twice as much thigh muscle as other Sauropods. It is theorized that these muscles at their respective location would have been utilized to kick away their more vicious carnivore attackers, such as raptors.
Prehistoric Discoveries Continue
These most interesting finds lately in the world of science and prehistory prompt thoughts of popular culture’s Jurassic Park, the most amazing family entertainment based on the life of dinosaurs, is due for a new version soon in order to expand on what was known almost 20 years ago. Fans can’t wait to see these newest prehistoric discoveries brought to life!