5 Unique and Bizarre Fossils
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5 Unique and Bizarre Fossils

Learn about 5 unique and bizarre fossil species discovered by paleontologists such as marine life, dinosaurs and mollusks.

Four Winged Dinosaur

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In 2002 it was discovered that a four winged dinosaur had actually existed which challenged scientists and paleontologists to the understanding of the origin of flight. This crow sized fossil that is believed to be 130 million years old, is the smallest and most controversial discovery found so far. The discovery was made when remains were found in a Chinese rock quarry that is known to be a treasure trove of fossil oddities.

Tully Monster (Mimic Squid)

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Tully monsters, also known by their scientific name, Tullimonstrum gregarium, are bizarre fossilized creatures found in the Mazon Creek formation in Illinois although it is still under debate as to what animal group these free swimming creatures are part of. They were discovered to possess a single flexible fin on their tail which has been compared to the fin of modern day squid. Due to the shape and complexity of its eyes, it is thought to be a mollusk and variation of an unusual gastropod.

Rare Goblin Shark

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I included this listing in fossils due to it's prehistoric status although it is considered a living species today. Very rarely seen, a Goblin Shark was caught in a fisherman's net off the coast of Tokyo Japan in January of 2007. The Tokyo Sea Life Park officials determined that the shark was caught approximately 500 to 650 feet below sea level and was the size of nearly four and a half feet in length. Although the shark died shortly after accidental entanglement and capture before it was put on display for the public for two days, the shark was autopsied and dissected in order to learn more about the way it swims and its feeding patters.

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The bony-toothed pelagornithids is a recently discovered fossil remains of a seabird that has been determined to be 3 million years old. Found in the Half Moon Bay in California, the bony-toothed bird has an 18 foot wingspan that is said to have been in the number of 50 million birds that dwelled in a young California bay region when the coastal mountains had not yet fully matured.

Fossilized Mollusk (Nectocaris pteryx)

This 500 million old sea creature was known as the mother of all squid, and is an ancestor of the Octopus. Found in the Burgess Shale of Canada, this mollusk is identified as part of the Cambrian period and grew to only about 5 centimeters in length which includes its front two tentacles. The Nectocaris was thought to shoot a jet of water through a funnel like nozzle. This is what gives it a connection to modern-day cephalopods.

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Comments (6)

Very interesting facts Debbie.

This is a fascinating read Debbie. Thank you for sharing. I am out of votes but i will return.

very interesting!

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Thank you everyone! I was going to go for ten but I'm thinking I'll just do a part two :)

Excellent work . . . I liked the way you presented everything in this article . . . Voted up

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Thank you Sibt :)