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Archelon, Archelon ischyros

The Giant Turtle Archelon was a slow moving creature of the ancient seas during the Cretaceous (65 to 146 million years ago).  Some remains measure over 15 feet long.  Like many of today's turtles it ate jellyfish and expired drifting fish as well as plants, buried its eggs in sandy beaches, and may have lived more than 100 years.

 

 

 

 

Giant Sea Turtle Archelon

Archelon Skeleton

This 120 million year old fossilized skeleton of an Archelonnext to a standing man gives a perspective of the size of these giant turtles

 

 

 

 

 


Giant Shark

Giant Early Shark, Megalodon

Megalodon was a prehistoric shark that lived roughly from 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the late Oligocene to early Pleistocene periods. Estimated to have been over 50 feet long it was one of the largest and most powerful vertebrate predators ever to have lived.
 

 

 

 


 

 

Giant Dragonfly

Meganeura monyi, Giant Dragonfly with a 29 Inch Wingspan

Meganeura monyi is a genus of extinct insects from the Carboniferous period approximately 300 million years ago and are related to the present-day dragonflies. They fed on other insects, and even small amphibians. M. monyi is one of the largest known flying insect species ever.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Phororhacos

Phororhacos

These extinct 9 ft Tall, 280 lb flightless, carnivorous "Terror Birds" lived In Patagonia during the Pleistocene era. Phororhacos longissimus, one of the largest carnivorous birds to have ever to have lived, had claws like meat hooks and a massive hooked beak for ripping flesh from its prey while holding them down with sharp talons.

 

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