Saber-Toothed Thylacosmilus – A Predator With Sideways-Facing Eyes


Whereas most predators have forward-facing eyes, those of the saber-toothed Thylacosmilus were positioned towards the sides, out of the way of the animal’s huge teeth.

A team of scientists recently examined how the prehistoric South American hypercarnivore was able to hunt, despite its unusual features.

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New Research Finds Neanderthals Hunted Prehistoric Straight-Tusked Elephants

African bush elephant and calf

The straight-tusked elephant was one of the largest land mammals that ever lived. The extinct species, which was significantly bigger than today’s African bush elephant (pictured above), lived alongside Neanderthals in prehistoric Germany, around 125,000 years ago.

A recent analysis of fossilized straight-tusked elephant bones reveals the relationship between the prehistoric species and its early human hunters.

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New Pterosaur Species With 480 Teeth Discovered In Germany

Balaenognathus maeuseri New Pterosaur Species

The remains of a new pterosaur species have been discovered in Bavaria, Germany.  The prehistoric flying reptile, which has been given the name Balaenognathus maeuseri, lived during the Jurassic Period. Its distinctive, spatula-shaped bill contained at least 480 needle-like teeth, which were likely used to filter particles of food from water.

Read on for more information on the new species…

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Car-Sized Prehistoric Sea Turtle Found To Be Largest In Europe

Leatherback sea turtle swimming

The fossilized remains of a car-sized, prehistoric sea turtle have recently been found in the Spanish Pyrenees.

The huge reptile is the largest-known sea turtle to have been found in Europe, its size rivaling that of giant sea turtles that swam in the shallow seas covering much of what is now North America during the Late Cretaceous Period.

(Photo above is of a leatherback sea turtle, the largest living sea turtle, which has a leathery shell similar to that of the newly-discovered species.)

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