Who: The Dire Wolf, Canis dirusLagerstätte: La Brea Tar PitsWhat: With over 3,600 individuals found, the Dire Wolf is the most common mammal at La Brea Tar Pits. It was the dominant predator at this ecosystem hunting the likes of ground sloths, American camels and horses, and ancient bison. It was larger than modern timber […]
Who: Pulchellaranea pedunculataLagerstätte: Dominican AmberWhat: Pulchellaranea is an orb-weaver spider encased in amber from the Dominican Republic. Orb-weavers are the most common group of spiders who spin the wheel-shaped webs you see in your backyard, forests, and parks. Spiders are notoriously rare in the fossil record and over 90% of spider fossils are found in amber. Their […]
Who: Heliobatis radians Lagerstätte: Green River Formation What: Heliobatis is a freshwater stingray that lived in Wyoming during the Eocene period. At the time, Wyoming used to be much warmer and wetter than it is today (think Louisiana) and was filled with freshwater lakes. Stingrays are cartilaginous fishes related to sharks. As such, its rare to have complete […]
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