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15 Unusual Prehistoric Creatures

There are plenty of strange animals living today, but few people know how odd some of the creatures of the past were. Here is a list of fifteen such creatures, ranging from dinosaurs to various other reptiles and fish. All are unseen by modern man (except in the form of fossils) and all are bizarre. In no particular order.

15

Deinotherium

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This genus of elephant-like creatures was not only huge, but they also had a pair of chin tusks. These odd tusks might have been used to dig up the soil to gain access to roots and vegetables. They also had a relatively short trunk compared to other Proboscideans. They ranged from 12-15 feet high, making them one of the largest mammals to ever walk on the earth.

14

Therizinosauridaes

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This family of strange, mysterious theropods was notable for their long necks and their large claws. However, unlike most other theropods, they were herbivores (or at least primarily). Some of them may have had feathers. The genus that the family is named after, Therizinosaurus, is actually only known from a few fossils, but its claws were quite large, likely reaching a meter in length.

13

Epidexipteryx

Dinocomp

This bird-like dinosaur reveals an interesting part about the evolutionary history of birds. This member of the Scansoriopterygidae (“climbing wings”) had no flight feathers, but it did have four long tail feathers. These feathers were likely used in displays. Due to its age (It lived in China around 152 to 168 million years ago), it provides evidence that feathers evolved several million years before flight did (not surprisingly). It was also one of the smallest dinosaurs, reaching just 10 inches in height as an adult (not counting its feathers). That’s the size of a pigeon.

12

Epidendrosaurus

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Another bird-like dinosaur, this one belonged in the same family as Epidexipteryx. It is currently the earliest dinosaur known to have adapted for life in the trees, an important moment in the evolution of birds. More bizarrely, this dinosaur had an oddly long third finger, twice the length of the other ones. They may have been used to dig for insects.

11

Microraptor

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Yet another bird-like dinosaur, this dinosaur had four wings (and a feathered tail), although it could not fly. Instead, it likely glided from place to place, kind of like a flying squirrel. It is likely that this creature is one of the most recent common ancestors between birds and dinosaurs, its gliding ability eventually evolving into flight. Unfortunately for the genus, one fossil was used in a forgery, along with a fossil of a primitive bird, Yanornis, to create a fake fossil that was said to be the ultimate missing link between birds and dinosaurs: Archeoraptor. Although it could have been caught before the public noticed, it was published in National Geographic before it could be peer reviewed. When it was exposed for the fraud it was quite embarrassing to the scientific community. There are two species of Microraptor.

10

Longisquama

Longisquama

Living during the Triassic, Longisquama was a small, lizard like creature that appears to have had a series of long feathers on its back. This implies that birds might have not evolved from theropods, but lizard-like reptiles instead. Of course, things are not always what they seem. Some scientists think they are just specially modified scales. Others think that the fossil’s form is an optical illusion: that the feathers are just fern fronds. Due to the large amount of feathered dinosaur fossils, it seems that these two possibilities are more accurate.

9

Tanystropheus

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When I describe a long necked reptile, most people think of sauropods or even plesiosaurs. This Triassic reptile was neither of these. This reptile was 20 feet long, yet had a 10 foot long neck! Evidence indicates that this was a fish-eating reptile, since fossils of it have been found in mainly partially aquatic fossil sites and fish scales and Cephalopod tentacles have been found in their stomachs. They might have stayed on the beach, using their long necks to help them devour fish from the sea. It is also thought to have been at least semi-aquatic.


8

Sharovipteryx

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Another gliding reptile, this Triassic critter glided similarly to Microraptor. However, Sharovipteryx had two “wings” on its hind legs and two small “wings” on its front legs. It might have used its wings while jumping from place to place on the ground. Some scientists think it was related to Pterosaurs, but its reversal of wings to its legs instead of arms questions this.

7

Nyctosaurus

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This genus of pterosaurs is the only one that does not have claws on its wings. Otherwise, most species looked quite average, similar to the famous Pterodon… until a new, currently unnamed species was discovered in 2003. The species had a huge, antler-like crest, larger than any other pterosaurs crest. Some speculated that there was a flap of tissue in between these antlers, like some other pterosaurs, which could have been used like a sail to enhance its flight. However, research shows that a crest that large would actually impair its flight, so it likely just had an odd set of antlers.


6

Pterodaustro

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This pterosaur had an unusual set of teeth, similar to the baleen of some whales. It almost certainly used these teeth to eat small, aquatic organisms, similar to the way a flamingo eats brine shrimp. Since flamingos get their pinkish hue from their diet, Pterodaustro might have been pinkish too.

5

Dunkleosteus

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One of the scariest creatures ever to live in the ocean, this Devonian fish could grow up to 33 feet long, had an armored face, and likely had one of the strongest bites in history! It used a beak-like mouth instead of teeth to devourer its prey. It was one of the largest of the Placoderms, a group of armored fish that are now extinct.


4

Stethacanthus

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Sharks have lasted for over 400 million years. Although they have remained relatively unchanged throughout the fossil record, there are definitely some odd balls. This particular shark had an anvil-shaped dorsal fin, with small spikes on it, as well as having a very bizarre growth on its head. The fin could have been used for courtship or for defense.

3

Helicoprion

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This bizarre fossil was originally thought to be an ammonite, as the fossil looked like a spiraling, circular shell. However, after some examination, it was revealed that is wasn’t a shell, but a spiraling set of shark teeth, a “tooth whirl”. Unfortunately, due to a lack of a body (cartilage does not fossilize as well as bone), so a guessing game began. It was guessed to be on the shark’s dorsal fin, tail, or even its snout. Thankfully, a skull of a related shark, Ornithoprion, was found to have a tooth-whirl on its lower jaw. The tooth whirl likely contained all of the shark’s teeth that it would use in its life: its older teeth would be moved away to make room for its newer, better teeth. This does not solve the problem yet, however! The tooth whirl was then placed on the tip of the lower jaw but it turns out that that would actually slow down the shark! Perhaps the most accurate representation is one where the tooth whirl existed deep in its mouth instead.


2

Deinocheirus

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The only fossil of this dinosaur is a pair of arms. These arms look like they belonged to an ornithomimid but they were 8 feet long. This means that either Deinocheirus towered over the rest of the ornithomimids (and most theropods, since, regarding proportions, it would have been 40 feet long!) or it simply had very long arms for its body. The use of its arms is debated: some say it used them to tear apart large dinosaurs, others say that the claws were too blunt, so they were used as defensive weapons. Some have even said that Deinocheirus used its huge arms to climb trees, although this hypothesis is widely disregarded. Once again, the lack of a body leaves many questions unanswered.

1

Amphicoelias fragillimus

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This elusive fossil was discovered by the famed paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope, the same man who competed with Othniel Charles Marsh in the infamous “Bone Wars”. Cope discovered many prehistoric fossils, but this one is, by far, the oddest. The only fossil that exists of it was a single vertebra fragment. It was 5 feet high, estimated to be 8.8 feet high if the entire fossil was intact. Compare that to your vertebrae. Yeah. Estimates vary, but they range from 131 to 196 feet in length, making it, by far, the longest creature ever, competing with the blue whale for being the heaviest creature ever (along with another, very elusive sauropd, Bruhathkayosaurus). But, as luck would have it, the fossil just disappeared. It vanished without a trace. Was it a hoax? A misconception? Or was it really the largest animal to ever walk the earth? Sadly, we will probably never know.

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  • bec

    interesting!

    I have also heard of a rare, very short-sighted dinosaur. It's called the Idontthinkhesaurus.

    • m

      how can you even pronounce that name?

  • tripsyman

    I will conceded that this was an interesting list to read – but one to be taken with a pinch of salt. I do not believe that it is possible to reconstruct a creature from one or two old bones. Phrases used included "The only fossil that exists of it was a single vertebra fragment" or "The only fossil of this dinosaur is a pair of arms". I MEAN COME ON PEOPLE! People who study these things (palaeontologists) admit we do not know their colour (they could have been tartan) or what sound they might have made. So to reconstruct what a body might look like from a few fragments is pure guess work.

    • renzon

      i totally agree

  • Eve

    Great list!Thank you!

  • Ny

    Picture #5 – Is that from the Deep in Hull? Nice list. :D

  • mandiemurder

    I’m in loe with the Helicoprion. Fascinating list.

  • apepper

    Fascinating list – can’t help feeling that some of these died from embarrassment.

  • Jack Deth

    Great list, me and my dinosaur-mad son had fun reading through this one!

  • xian0901

    Really unusual!!

  • mandiemurder

    *love.

    My “v” sticks.

    Take that as you like.

  • haha

    we need more list like this (:

  • archiealt

    Awesome list, well played. Fish scare me as it is, armoured fish…no thanks.

  • Karl

    For me, all of those animals are weird except the deinotherium. I’ve seen it before.

  • stunty

    Poor little #8. It’s parents must have been on drugs or something.

    • mike jr time

      Enter your comment here.

  • L

    I think Deinocheirus belongs to hugosaurs

  • elspudo

    Great list there. L I totally agree with the hugosaurs haha. There a a few more weird ones but those are the good ones heh

  • archangel

    Poor Helicoprion! That would be the most inconvenient set of body parts ever!

    The Sharovipteryx looks cool. I wonder why birds evolved with arm wings rather than leg wings. Imagine how cool leg wings would’ve been!

  • Oni

    #2 – Hey, look, it’s Agumon!

  • Myself

    Would be a good idea to start using the metric system. Much more common, logical, simple. Especially for lists with a scientific background.

  • red

    Deinocheirus looks like a digimon

  • Ticky tack

    Hey jamie! How’s your singing activity?

  • Becca

    Wow, all of these beasts look like new Pokemon.

  • Samzilla

    Number 8 is a tramp. Close those legs!

  • Shagrat

    Only 15???

  • nuriko

    cool!

  • Handrejka

    Superb list. I hope to see more from this contributor.

  • szebutrans

    In your face creationists!

  • totalstranger

    Helicoprion looks like an evil Lovecraftian fish-monster-god. All must worship the Helicoprion!!!

  • Rufus

    too bad these don’t exist anymore

    i need a list on how to make yourself stylish / fashionable / handsome or so =S

  • Yautja

    Interesting list! Makes me wonder how they know what dinosaurs looked like, because honestly, these look like mismatched piles of bones. :D
    Number 5 looks like the Pac-Man skull!

  • oouchan

    I like dinosaurs so this was a very cool list! The picture for number 2, the Deinocheirus…it seems to be saying, “Come here and give me a hug.” :)

  • Gilb

    Hi

    This is a great list especially Helicoprion and Sharovipteryx though some of most unusal prehistoric creatures came from the cambrian period which were found in the burgess shale.
    such as Opabinia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Opabinia_BW2.jpg
    Marrella
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marrella.jpg
    and the most unsual Hallucigenia
    http://burgess.ucalgaryblogs.ca/files/2009/04/geology-hallucigenia1.jpg

  • Randall

    Excellent list! Informative, well-researched, great pics… nice work, superbloop.

  • danmoo

    its incredible that humans lived alongside all of these creatures :). hopefully you can tell i am being sarcastic

  • Carole

    And I am glad that we did not live alongside them and glad they no longer exsist

  • crispin

    @ 25 (szebutrans)

    What? I would never attempt to dispute the existence of dinosaurs, and I am a proponent of intelligent design. I fail to see your point. Do you think that creationism is somehow nulled by dinosaur fossils? Honestly I am curious.

  • crispin

    Also, I would like to echo the praise above for the list–I really enjoyed this one. It was well-written, well-researched and a whole lot of fun to read!

  • Vez

    Man this stuff is so interesting – great list

  • General-Jake

    Refreshing list. I couldn’t imagine being an archaeologist trying to figure out what body part attaches to what.

  • mitchsn

    Most of these creatures look like someone mixed up 2 (or three) completely different animal skeletons and called it one creature!

    Of course they said the same thing about the duck billed platypus! =)

  • timmar68

    I love lists like this. I have seen pics of prehistoric underwater creatures-scary stuff!

  • live stellar

    Some of these are really scary…yikes!

  • Hughman Lover

    Did anyone ever think that the scientist finding these fossils are just putting them together wrong?

  • SallySweet

    I have always loved dinosaurs, but I kind of forget about how cool they are until I see an awesome list like this.

    I took an historical geology class in college and it was pretty awesome. Well, except if I see one more trilobite fossil I may scream. Haha. My favorites, though are the Archaeopteryx and the Dunkleosteus, glad to see one of them made the list!

  • flamehorse

    Cool stuff! Superbloop, you rock.

  • Chelsea

    Awesome list!!! I love any and everything dinosaur/prehistoric…keep ’em coming!

  • tripsyman

    @Hughman Lover (41): my point exactly

  • Garash

    Kinda looks like evolution just popped up some random shit in hope that one would work.

    Translation for creationist (intelligent design included):

    God hava popped out dinosaurs to maketh yus caos he god-dmna wanted too.

  • catchick

    Interesting list…

    I’m not required to know how to pronounce these names, am I? That would be an epic fail on my part….

  • GTT

    Great list! Epidendrosaurus seems to be screeching in shock atseeing his weird looking hands…

    Note to self: if you are ever transported back in time, give up SCUBA diving…..

  • L

    @tripsyman (35):

    I don’t think scientists claim that these animals looked exactly like in pictures.

  • undaunted warrior

    Great list, I enjoyed the read and have always been interisted in ths subject – Thanks superbloop.

  • Joe13

    What interests me is that the same planet that produced these dinosaurs produced us. I wonder what other tricks it’s got in it’s sack. I’m kinda bored with the current one.

  • Hodari

    Wow, your never guess where im gonna put number 9.

    To my collection of weird facts.

  • kofeelite

    What a great list superbloop! My favorite is the sharovipteryx, how cool is that thing! Would love to know where you got your info so I can find out where these creatures were found, ect…

  • psychosurfer

    Great list, I would have included the biggest flying creature ever, Quetzalcoatlus:

    http://xsplat.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/quetzalcoatlus2.jpg

  • crumpetthestrumpet

    #5 on the list is a fossilized langolier, never thought I would see a real one

    jk

    • masterbird

      hahahahaha langolier!!! great movie, i forgot about that :D

  • Lowdog

    @ (35) i totally agree. its like trying to reconstruct a human being from a finger bone almost. i like to think in the future with new technology we will actually be able to accurately reconstruct these animals. that would be the bomb.

  • Adrian

    why all prehistoric animals looked creepy as hell, i wanna see some warm, fuzzy creature…

  • sg

    great list.. and i dont really like dinosaurs.. but this was good :)

  • John

    @ 25 (szebutrans) You are a bonehead. Just because there were dinosaurs does not mean that creation did not exist. God created the dinosaurs. My wife is a creationist and believes that God took many years, not 6 days, to created the universe. There are so many missing links that you have to take what scientist say with a grain of salt.

    • masterbird

      hahha i hope by "many years", you mean like 500 million years? most creationists believe the earth is only 6000 years old….which means dinosaurs where around for…the agricultural revolution…and a good chunk of the chinese empire if im not mistaken…..if you want some "missing links" spend some time on the internet looking at "transitional species fossils" there will be more than you can fit into your brain :) p.s why didnt dinosaurs make it onto the arc? and if they couldnt fit….why did the dinosaurs in the air and water all die aswell….. :S

  • Spacegrass

    This was a great list with some very strange creatures, but I noticed that these were all vertebrates. None of these, or any other creatures, can compare to the weirdness of the Burgess Shale.

  • Kay

    Man I loved this list. Some of them are so strange looking, they are cool!

  • furball excel 5

    the deinocheirus at number 2 looks a right nutcase

  • Green Eyes

    Nice one superbloop – what a fantastic list! I had never seen or heard of any of these, fascinating.

    I look forward to reading more of your contributions :)

  • Bob

    LOL yeah right. Is it April 1? So made up.

  • pestomama

    I liked this list very much, Superbloop

  • Maggot

    @John (59): My wife is a creationist and believes that God took many years, not 6 days, to created the universe. There are so many missing links that you have to take what scientist say with a grain of salt.

    Yes well fortunately for us we have your wife around to help clarify things.

  • Meg

    Imagine having #1 as a pet (assuming it can be tamed…lol). Petting it from head to tail would probably give the owner a week’s worth of exercise.

  • TequilaSunrise502

    Wow this was an awesome list :)

    Just looking at nature’s designs makes you realize why they became extinct.

  • redcaboose

    superbloop, fascinating list. Would have like to have a little longer explanations, but that just give me more to look up today. You gave me a good start.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    @Meg (68): I hope it does not take you a week to walk less than 200 feet.

  • Maximuz04

    super cool, I hadnt heard of half of these!

  • Verene

    This list is asewome. These creatures fascinate me, but #5 scares me a lot. Thanks God it’s “unseen by modern man”

  • Petie

    Awesome list! Great job!

  • Morpheus

    I enjoyed this list a great deal superbloop. Thanks for it.

  • The Music Hearer

    How come we don’t get animals that look like that? OK i guess we do have narwhals and platypuses, but dang, those look cool.

  • Doug

    I’m sorry, but this must be a hoax.. Isn’t it? jesus, nature is mental

  • Snowflake

    Very interesting, but.. Would you be so kind next time to insert “normal” length..height and weight measurements. As “feet, pounds..miles etc” don’t mean anything more that just “words” to me. And so the text written about these stunning creatures, looses almost all of it’s fascination. So yes. Do insert metric measurements next time as well.
    Cheers.

  • ashyt

    wheres opabinia
    and anomalocaris
    and wiwaxia
    and meganeura
    and arthropleura
    and jaekelopterus
    and hallucigenia
    and WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO SPRIGGINA

  • joanne

    wow this list reminded me of some old college professors :) if i saw one of them i think they would make me LOL more than frighten me

    I thought the green patches on #4 represented plants or algae and made me think it was capable of producing energy via photosynthesis – that would definitely make it unusual.

    #13 says “feathers evolved … before flight,” but some prehistoric insects were already flying without feathers millions of years before the first birds… surely you meant “feathers evolved several million years before bird flight.”

    and, speaking of prehistoric insects, allow me to add a scary one (the kind which makes me really glad we don’t live among them) to this list:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaekelopterus_rhenaniae

  • GiantFlyingRobo

    Good list! I think I learned some stuff from this. Too bad I’ll forget in, say, 5 months at least. Oh well, thanks for the edumacation!(typo intended)

  • Allergy

    #4 looks like it has putting greens on it’s head and back.

  • Megan

    I’m fascinated by prehistoric creatures. I’ve loved dinosaurs as far back as I can remember… and when I was in first grade when other kids said they wanted to be ballerina’s and fire fighters… I wanted to be a paleontologist =)

    Great list!

  • rmhill10

    You guys should make the 15 strangest creatures today. The playtapus would most definatly be in the top five for that one. Its half beaver, half duck mammal that lays eggs. I think Robin Willams was right when he said that God was probably high when he made this animal!

  • Samzilla

    Not all of these images are set in stone.(I didn’t get an “all is absolute” vibe from Superbloop)

    Remember the Brontasarus(sp?)? I remember learning about him waaaay back in Kindergarden, thinking he was cool with his long neck and gentle herbivore ways. Well guess what? turns out there was no such thing, just a composite of two different dinasaurs. I believe a few of these fall into this catergory.

  • ziiiiiim

    lol,it does look like a digimon xD

  • Axel

    I am really sorry, but I call BS on most of these! They just look Scientists found fossils of different animals in the same area and forced a jigsaw puzzle together. I mean C’mon a prehistoric elephant that looks exactly like a modern elephant but with upside down tusks!? Hey Genius, could it not be that you put the fossilized tusk on upside down?

    • masterbird

      ummm paleontologists dont just find different fossils over an area and mash them together? if thats what you think is being done you might wanna research their methods a bit more. and whats the big deal about the elephant looking similar to a modern one? there are several other prehistoric elephants that look similar to modern ones? its there ancestors what do you expect? also, tusks are connected to the skull of the animal…they dont just "start" at the jaw, they are part of it……super fail.

  • Moonbeam

    For those who wonder what the feet would (roughly) equal in meters:
    For: #15) 12 to 15 ft = 3.6 to 4.6 meters
    #9) 10 to 20 ft = 3 to 6 meters
    #5) 33 ft = 10 meters
    #2) 8 ft = 2.4 meters and 40 ft = 12.3 meters
    #1) 5 ft = 1.5 meters; 8 ft = 2.7 meters; 131 to 196 ft = 40 to 59.7 meters

  • Moonbeam

    BTW, Great list.

  • Maggot

    @Axel (87): I mean C’mon a prehistoric elephant that looks exactly like a modern elephant but with upside down tusks!? Hey Genius, could it not be that you put the fossilized tusk on upside down?

    It’d be kind of difficult to mistakenly attach a jawbone upside down onto a skull:

    http://science.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/files/images/heizmann_2ab_3_hauerelefant.jpg

  • astraya

    Wow! No major slanging match between creationists and evolutionists yet.

  • gr8flddfn

    @apepper (4): roflmfao btw 5 looks like my ex bf…

  • Davo

    60 – actually read the bible dude. It’s stupid. Or do you believe in talking animals and ghosts.

  • timmy the dying boy

    You forgot John McCain.

  • Crocoduck

    Maybe God just has a weird sense of humor. I can just see him planting tantalizing fossils and thinking, “It’ll be a riot watching them trying to figure out some of these.” I’m just being facetious, though; God has nothing to do with any of this.

  • Fallennyte

    I grew up being obsessed with dinosaurs, I have to admit these weren’t in ANY of the book I had. These are odd, It’s always cool to see what else they discover or come up with. This is really cool.

  • mandiemurder
  • L

    @Lowdog (57): its like trying to reconstruct a human being from a finger bone almost.

    Well, if we find human finger, what other choice we have but assume that the rest of it was just like other humans?

  • joeyjoejoejrshabadoo

    most of this list featured the boreasaurus.

  • psychosurfer
  • Dennis

    This was the best list in awhile, and I usually don’t like the creature lists. Some of these dinosaurs would be so amazing to see. Perhaps some day we will revive the “Amphicoelias fragillimus” species and ride them through the country side. We could even make soldiers out of them.

  • Hey wassamatter with this site?my comments aren’t appearin’ on d soup page

  • Helloee,any moderator on d prowl? What’s happening,why are my comments not appearin’ on the bizarre soups page?

  • movieman32

    Some bizarre and kind of scary looking creatures

  • redcaboose

    @Davo (93): Just because you do not believe in the bible, does not make it “stupid”. That was an asinine comment. Disagree if you want, but don’t put people down for their beliefs.

  • superbloop

    Well, glad this list was well-recived

    Note: #3 is not what I had in mind…but it is yet ANOTHER possiable placement for the toothwhirl. This one is proably the strangest, but not nessacryly the most logical…

    Next list in progress…not on biology though. I will make sure to use metrics from now on :P

  • Joe

    It’s hard to imagine Noah getting all of these animals on the ark

  • Marie

    Awesome!! This is definitely one of the most interesting lists I’ve seen!

  • they say they’ve become extinct cuhs of volcano erruptions?

  • Titanis

    I’m disappointed by the lack of Cambrian invertebrates. You could probably have filled this list JUST with them, that’s how bizarre most of them were…

    Also synapsids. I mean, some of them were seriously wierd-looking…

  • givenchance

    i liked the 13th one and the 5th. lol! beautiful! great list! all these creatures are unique!

  • ArjayM

    Wow. nice list. :)

  • Lylo

    I don’t believe these! I demand to see photographs!

  • Momis

    This belief are false. Evolution is not true. Watch these videos:
    http://creacionistas.com/Conferences_video_en.htm

    • masterbird

      those videos are absolute garbage, coming from a man that knows nothing about anything. evolution is responsible for murder, abortions, and families breaking up? seriously? gimme a break!! so i suppose its some huge conspiracy that the majority of credible scientists on earth believe in evolution right? if evolution is wrong than so is paleontology, archeology, geology, astronomy, biology, anthropology, geneticists, pretty much everything has a connection or supports it at some level. fail to you sir.

  • superbloop

    And I thought a debate was NOT going

    Did you not read the THREE entries about FEATHERED dinosaurs? Or that bird (yet not bird) called Archeopteryx? How about the toothed birds that are extinct today, such as hesperonis? What about the fishopods? What about the fossil record NOT having fossil bunnies in the precambrian?

    Just because evolution conflicts with creationism does not mean the Bible is wrong.

  • Number 3 and 5 were my favourite in that list. Even now there are so many weird creatures out there. Another great list!

  • Nemiga

    Great List!!! Quite weird to know creatures like these existed!

  • javi

    que feos son todos

  • javi

    I¨m sorry.I think that this “bichos” are very uglies
    Thanks

  • andyheard

    Great list! Makes you think. Certainly made me think =p Like at the end of the day… didn’t every creature that ever existed evolve from the same single original organism? That’s why some creatures in that list look like some that exist today, and why we humans share so much DNA with apes and some plants!

  • Very nice, I now hate all sharks.

  • net

    que nuestro creativo de este tipo que pintó las pantallas

  • Awwwright!

    This is a great list, plain and simple.

  • saber25

    Are you sure the that no. 14 is that big?! But i already knew 11 to 6 but still a great list. I idolize listverse and all of it. But sorry to say this but, “glug”, listverse is losing its humor. T_T shit sorry to say that. Keep up the facts list

  • granadog

    Well done again, JayFray (If I may call you that :P)! I believe this calls for a sequel!

  • Clay J

    #5 = cloverfield?

  • jonnyrotann

    that is a wicked list mon

  • DenzeLL

    no 14 picture is cool

  • Chamale

    Is #5’s image taken from the Royal Tyrell Museum in Alberta?

  • Jason

    #12 reminds me of the Aye-Aye, a bizarre looking lemur that also has an extra long finger, used to dig out insects from trees.

  • Axel

    @Maggot (90): One Must Know when they are wrong! lol Thanks Maggot.

  • Jaryuki

    It’s reasonable to use the term bird as a way to separate them from dinosaurs to avoid confusion, yet in correct terms according to modern classification birds are not separate and belong to the same taxonomic group as dinosaurs. So in fact a large amount has lived till today.

    The list is quite dinosaur-dominated even though there are plenty more to pick from. You could make dozens of lists from extinct creatures – let alone living ones :D

  • achillies wow

    i love prehistoric elephants

  • katerinaelaena

    Freaking scary! Definitely not your backyard pets =) The little dinosaur with the GIGANTIC ARMS was interesting, though i wouldn’t want a hug from said creature.

    ;)

  • nicoleredz3

    I think that all dinosaurs are unusual, period.

  • djfarooq

    very beautifull wallpaper

  • man with a plan

    only two of these are real

  • ArthurEiger

    Many of them aren't weird. Therizinosaurids were common (Nanshuingosaurus, Segnosaurus, Therizinosaurus itself), Deinotherium is common, and I knew most of them with some exceptions. However tho I think Nyctosaurus is pretty cool, it'll make great rivals with Pteranodons in an aerial combat (games :P). Any Dino-Showdown game developer out there better add those two in the list.

  • Tyler

    Number 5 made me think of the Giant Lion Turtle from Avatar the Last Airbender

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  • jamie

    These are all vertebrates. Where's all super-weird invertebrates?

  • barin

    Mother Nature must have been high on weed or something during the prehistoric times.

  • barin

    I tried looking for other strange prehistoric animals in the net, and i came across this cute guy. Belantsea – it's surprisingly related to sharks and rays.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belantsea

  • tom

    your mums a dean

  • dan

    vote for me or your mums a dean

  • Adsk

    this is where pokemon come from

  • Adrian

    number 2 look’s like a characters from Digimon

  • Captain Carrot

    I love how we blindly accept the looks of all these things. We don’t know what these looked like, if they even were around at all. But, fossils, you say! Over that many years, many different kinds of bones can get mish-mashed and jumbled. Please.

    Plus, we’re definitely “guessing” and embellishing on the appearance of said creatures, that’s a fact. Have you seen one turn up complete? Photograph? Painting to scale? Hell, no.

    Skeptics are the funniest sort. They are all too eager to accept something because some other human being tells them specific details they could not possibly know even though they’re skeptical about anything else that doesn’t fit their beliefs.

    Funny, that kind of sounds like a skeptic’s argument against others. Hypocritical much?

  • Captain Carrot

    Oh, Lord. I’m tired of hearing the retarded sounding “creationists believe the earth is only 6000 yrs old” bullcrap. Who said that? Where is that fact?

    Good Lord, nobody is saying that the earth is only 6000 yrs. old. That would be like saying that nothing existed, that there was this big explosion, or “bang” if you will, and then things started growing from out of nowhere. But we all know that, scientifically, it’s been proven something can’t just grow out of nothing, right? Um, right?

    Plus the fact that animals were a totally different creature or species and they just “grew” what they needed later. Like how I read somewhere that dolphins were actually land animals (a cow, for instance) and all of a sudden “transformed” into something else entirely. The legs just miraculously “fused” together, it grew fins out of it’s sides, the blowhole developed, etc. etc.

    For f*ck’s sake, and they say the religious crowd comes up with some unbelievable stories. Humans really are pretty dam* dumb.

  • Evelyn

    #15 looks lik the elephant version of peter griffin from family guy lmfao!

  • No?

    These are awesome

  • cheekaboom

    very unusual creatures

  • link

    i want to find a fossil than make up whatever i think the animal looks like. its like someone a million years from now finding a spark plug and coming up with an exact replica of a car from our time. dum duh dum dum

  • Toby Pettit

    your an idiot.

  • RM

    Noice!

  • John son of John

    A dinosaur creature like 9
    Tanystropheus was spotted in several locations recently http://www.s8int.com

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  • Scr0tum

    The illustrations seems to resemble with pokemons

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