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Mesophryne beipiaoensis, from the Cretaceous Period from Liaoning Province, China - Credit: Credit: Mick Ellison, AMNH

Photos: The New Amphibian Tree of Life

Prior knowledge of this ancient and ecologically important group of animals was speculative. A fossil frog, Mesophryne beipiaoensis, from the Cretaceous Period from Liaoning Province, China, is shown. Don't lie to me that's fucking Alien.

Dragonfly Fossil Discovered at Sihetun, China

Dragonfly fossil discovered at Sihetun, China, in the same 120 million year-old volcanic sediments that Sinosauropteryx was found.

Lizard embryo

Million-Year-Old Pregnant Lizard Fossil Discovered in China - Yabeinosaurus, a pimitive lizard similar to the modern gecko which birthed live young, was discovered to have 15 fossilized embryo skeletons inside."this is a great discovery!

Eurypterid fossil

Eurypterid (sea scorpions) are an extinct group of arthropods related to arachnids which include the largest known arthropods that ever lived. Largest fossil in this group ever found about 8 ft.

Lucy: Unearthed in 1974 by Donald Johnson in Ethiopia just as his funding was going to run out in two weeks. (How convenient). It was a chimp of some kind and the skull was crushed. They put it together so it looked like a half human, half ape. The knee joint was found half a mile away. It had an angled femur which meant that it was climber. The St. Louis zoo has Lucy on display with human feet on it. No feet or hand bones were found…

This is Lucy. She was found in the Afar Triangle region of Hadar, Ethiopia by Donald Johanson, an American paleoanthropologist. She is a female hominid australopithecine.

Sinosauropteryx The first genus of dinosaur outside of Avialae

The living Earth (except a few times when I pin dead stuff) --- Sinosauropteryx: The first genus of dinosaur outside of Avialae (birds and their immediate relatives) to be found with evidence of feathers. Which can be seen clearly in this gorgeous fossil.

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