• More than 99 percent of all life to exist
on Earth is extinct, that’s about five billion different species that now exist only as bones
and fossils. But how many do we have evidence of? And how much can we really learn about them? Here are fifteen prehistoric creatures we
recently discovered. 15 – , Atopodentatus
• Reconstructing the real-life appearance of ancient creatures can be tricky when all
you have to go on is some old pieces of rock. A 2014 fossil discovery of the Atopodentatus
showed it to be one of the earliest marine herbivores, with a bizarre vertical zipper-like
jaw. Another discovery in 2016 proved that the
original skull had been misshapen, and that the swimming reptile actually had a sideways,
vacuum-cleaner mouth for scooping up vegetation. 14 – , Microleo Attenboroughi
• While some fossils can be misleading, palaeontologists are often able to reconstruct
animals from very little evidence. A palate fossil found in Australia has led
to a new species of marsupial being named. The micro-lion is related to two larger marsupial
lion species that lived down under, the largest of which could almost match an African lion
for power. The small carnivore was named after inspirational
naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough. 13 – , The Tulley Monster
• In 1958, a fossil was discovered in Illinois that baffled those who tried to define it. It appeared to show a squishy, worm-like mollusc
but with claws and a backbone. It wasn’t until 2016, that researchers labelled
it as a vertebrate related to the modern blood-sucking lamprey. The mystery fish, called Tullimonstrum has
a long proboscis with teeth at the end, and eyes on stalks like a shellfish. 12 – , Triopticus Primus
• First described in 2016, the triopticus primus was a dome-headed dinosaur, not dissimilar
to the skull-bashing pachycephalosaurus. Except that the triopticus appeared over 100
million years before any of its helmeted lookalikes. This is an example of convergent evolution,
where the same features in two species evolve independently, as the triopticus was not an
ancestor of any other domed dinosaurs. It is named after the pit in its skull that
gives the appearance of a third eye. 11 – , Four-Billion-Year-Old Microfossils
• At half the width of a human hair, the tiny tubular fossils found in Canada could
be the oldest preserved life ever found. There is some debate over the age of the formations,
and whether they are indeed fossils, but the structures are composed of organic carbon
isotopes and iron deposits that form around microbes when they die, leaving an impression
in the rock. 10 – , Vivaron Haydeni
• Imagine a crocodile with the powerful hind legs of a tiger, pretty terrifying, right? An excavation in a New Mexico quarry revealed
a five-metre long carnivore from the Triassic period, one of the largest predators from
that era. Skull fragments and hip bone fossils point
to a powerful reptile that pre-dated most dinosaurs. The Vivaron likely lived in open forest environments
and on watery floodplains. 9 – , Linhenykus
• First described in 1993, the Linhenykus was a small bird-sized dinosaur that lived
around China 80 million years ago. Related to other two-legged carnivores such
as the T-Rex, the Linhenykus’ strangest feature was its single clawed finger that stuck out
of either side of its chest. The little digit was either a useless vestigial
limb, or may have been used for digging up insects in its desert habitat. 8 – , Miocene Period Ape
• Before the discovery of the Pliobates cataloniae skeleton in Spain in 2011, paleontologists
had assumed that both small ape species and humans evolved from a much larger common ancestor. This five kilo fruit-eater lived over eleven
million years ago, before the split of human-like hominid apes and smaller gibbons, suggesting
that gibbons and prehuman apes existed side-by-side for a period. The pliobates fills another hole in the record
of ape evolution. 7 – , Pegomastax Africanus
• With its name meaning ‘thick jawed’, the pegomastax was a dinosaur with a powerful
combination of a bird-like beak and two long pairs of teeth. At 60cm long, the little critter was mostly
tail and neck. Preserved samples of similar species reveal
that the dinosaur may also have been covered in long porcupine quills. The pegomastax was found in South Africa in
the 60s, but not identified formally until 2012. 6 – , Websteroprion Armstrongi
• Held in a museum in Toronto since the 90s, the fossil record of this giant worm
was recently re-examined. It demonstrated the largest jaw of this worm
type ever found, with other species having microscopic mouths. The ferocious predator measured up to a metre
in length and attacked prey with its powerful jaws. The worm takes part of its name from a giant
of death metal, Alex Webster from the band Cannibal Corpse. 5 – , Murosraptor
• This carniverous megaraptor was named and described in 2016, after a decade of research. The holotype, or example individual, comes
from a juvenile and is estimated to have been 6.5 metres long, suggesting that adults were
even bigger. The murosraptor would not have been much smaller
than a T-rex and no doubt just as dangerous. Their hollow bones would have made them much
lighter than other predators of a similar size. 4 – , Hallucigenia
• This worm is appropriately named, as it’s something you might see after taking a few
too many magic mushrooms. It comes from the pre-cambrian explosion,
when life started to take on strange and bizarre forms under the sea. Hallucigenia fossils showed long, stilt-like
spines on one side and stubby muscles on the other. Reconstructions in the 70s had the worm walking
on the spines, while contemporary research has flipped it upside down, with the spines
on top. It was also discovered that the supposed tail
was, in fact, its head. 3 – , Epidexipteryx
• Research from 2008 reveals that the pigeon-sized Epidexipteryx Hui possessed elaborate tail
feathers that helped the little dinosaur to balance on tree branches. Fossil records show https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallucigenia#/media/File:H._sparsa.jpgintact,
veined feathers on the back of a creature that way before flight was possible, suggesting
that early feathers were used for stability or maybe even decoration. The remains were found in the fossil-rich
region of Daohugou in China. 2 – , Longisquama
• 80 million years before the first feathered dinosaurs appeared, the Longisquama Ignis
was sporting strange feather-like structures on its back in the mid-Triassic period. Previously believed to be plant leaves trapped
in the fossil, recent studies show that the Longiquama has seven appendages coming from
its spine that, while they cannot be called feathers, bear a structural resemblance that
suggests an alternative origin for their avian descendants. 1 -, Jaekelopterus
• For many decades, palaeontologists have known about sea scorpions, large ancestors
of spiders and scorpions that lived on the bottom of lakes and seas. But it wasn’t until the discovery of an 18-inch
claw piece in Germany that we knew just how large these monsters were. The Jaekelopterus is estimated to have been
around 2.5 metres long, the size of a large crocodile, and eaten anything it could catch,
including its own species.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Does this bitch even speak english? I've heard her pronounce three words with two different pronunciations and i'm two minutes in…

  2. You know what else they discovered?…Penisaurs. They were discovered through the scientific cataloging experiment called "Spore". Fuck people love being lied to.

  3. Just a point, Eurypterids ("sea scorpions") are not seen anymore as close related to Cheliceriformes (spiders and scorpions).

  4. Why the fuck does it keep cutting back to a drawing of a bird for no reason? Holy shit that's obnoxious

  5. #9 like snakes that actually have a single talon or claw, its believed that their widdle claws were used to in a sense arouse or just wuu their mate, kinda like tickling them.. ye know, little claw bird, snake things

  6. So the pictures you show have zero to do with what you are speaking about…. awesome. More clickbaiting hot garbage.

  7. End the murder of innocent unborn children by irresistible sluts. Pro choice is not a victimless crime…just an unpunished crime that sluts want the rest of society to pay for.

  8. ooohhh look at me i feel all empowered and so like an adult portrayed as a stupid furry bird. GROW UP. Pathetic!!!!

  9. I wonder if #1 would have tasted good? Maybe like lobster… An alligator sized lobster. Yummy. I'd eat it before of ate me!!!

  10. Number 2 was recently discovered?…
    I have it in my dino book I got for Christmas when I was a little kid, around 12 years ago… XD

  11. No such thing as 'pre historic' as we have history from day one,
    when GOD created the Flat earth 6000 yrs ago.

  12. You will avoid embarrassment if you resist the temptation to hypothesize regarding details that can not possibly be known from an incomplete (they all are) fossil record…such as the exact time period of the appearance and diet of a fossil that you only recently realized was upside down. The research you do is no less interesting when you resist such guesswork.

  13. evolution…well believing in God … love your neighbor as your self.. its easier to create idolatry we evoluted from spit??

  14. I thought this was for kids.
    "…Got it's name from the guitarist from the band Cannibal Corpse ^.^"
    "…Looks like something after taking too many magic shrooms…"

    I jus wanted to burst out with, "The More You Know!"

  15. Vivaron is just freaky. An alligator that looks like it maybe ran around on all fours wolf like…..why am i thinking pack predator. That thing just looks nasty.

  16. "Paleontologists are often able to reconstruct animals with very little evidence".

    Because who's still around to correct them. Hold up there sport, you've got it's head on backwards. Also that thing swinging between it's legs was not a tail.

  17. Lame video — just a rehash of things that have been known for decades, and done so that it is difficult for those who are not familiar with the material to wonder which is the thing being discussed.

  18. I wanna point out that scientists often will forgo puting meat and bones onto skeletons. Why should we assume all animals have hard skin? What if the T-Rex was a big fluffy chicken and had a bunch of meat and fat on it?

  19. 🙁 This narrator needs some assistance with the proper pronunciation of many names and words in this video. Also, there are some factual errors in this video.

  20. Did you know that there's a real Godzilla?
    It's the godzillasaurus
    The movie was name after this was discovered
    Godzillasaurus live in miocene period but it's not as big as the building it's just size of a car it's have medium tail not long and has a head of a t rex

  21. For a while, i thought the mandela effect had gotten me again.. as i saw "planet dolan", but remember "danger dolan".
    Glad im not crazy

  22. Sorry to tell you but evolution is a lie, so that makes most of the Scientist who believe in it probably not too smart. I've seen the images they have made of Lucy from fragments. The whole image is fake. So it is hard to believe in their dumb lies, sorry. This video is based on those lies!

  23. That single spike ,was probably used to ram it's aggressor as it jump up ,so as to rip it's body open
    None were perfect, hence giants down fall , none were perfect, it seems to me all men are created equal, those who are smart , can't fight as well in hand to hand , he has to out smart his opponent, mussel mass has to crush fast and without thinking about it, uncivilized, neanderthal, modern man

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