Mother nature never ceases to amaze us. It’s a source of life for awe-inspiring creatures, from delicate to humongous, and everything in between. However, some of the latter might seem delicate, too, compared to the living things that have gone extinct.
Bugs the size of a human, reptiles of ginormous proportions, and rodents with horns—these are just a few examples proving that “Nature Was Metal” back in the day. That’s why there’s an entire subreddit, under this exact name, dedicated to some of nature’s most extraordinary creations that have vanished from the face of the earth.
Today we’ve listed a bunch of them for you to get acquainted with. Whether you find them atrocious or absolutely fascinating, they show the name of the subreddit is definitely not baseless. Scroll down to marvel at the beauties and the beasts and click here for our previous post about them.
1- This Is The Best-Preserved Dinosaur Specimen Ever Unearthed.
This Mummified Nodosaur’s Bones Remain Covered By Intact Skin And Armor — 110 Million Years After The Creature’s Death
The earliest forms of life—microbes—date back to roughly 3.7 billion years ago. They slowly transformed, presenting more and more complex organisms that eventually led to formation of the first animal species. You might be surprised to learn that sponges, also known as poriferans, are considered to be some of the first animals there are.
Most of the pictures on this list represent something slightly bigger and more threatening than sponges, though. Take dinosaurs, for instance. Scientists believe they lived roughly 245 to 66 million years ago, during the Mesozoic Era, and could weigh tens of tons each.
2 – A Barbary Lion, An Extinct Race, As Photographed In Algeria
Thanks to paleontologists, we can get a better understanding of what creatures roaming the Earth millions of years ago looked like. They study the history of life based on fossils—rocks that contain remains of plants, animals, or other forms of life.
It takes 10,000 years for such preserved remains to become fossils. In their hardened layers, they provide scientists with information about the organism’s environment, living conditions, and other details.
3 – Quetzalcoatlus Northropi:
This Is The Largest Pterosaur Ever Discovered And Possibly The Largest Flying Animal Ever! It Had A Wingspan Of Around 15.9 Metres (59 Feet)