Scientists love categorizin=g things when it comes to fossils. They follow a tedious process of classifying the fossils as per the designated species. Paleontologists or amateur fossil hunters are always on the lookout to discover new reserves, each of them named and classified.
So, what makes a fossil bizarre or different or put out of the ordinary? However, for some, it may depend on where they found it and the story behind the prehistoric past. And for others, strange fossils may mean they look unimaginable and unfamiliar.
Gigantic Ant Fossil
Four paleontologists discovered this strange fossil, which belonged to Simon Fraser University. They discovered a gigantic ant fossil that has shown how the various events of global warming impacted life distribution around the 50 million years that passed.
Titanomyrma lubei is the name of this gigantic ant fossil discovered. The winged giant and lived near the Eocene Epoch and dates back to over 50 million years. Its body-sized was 5 centimeters long, which can compare it to a hummingbird.
The Devil Frog, Beelzebufo
The Devil Frog Madagascar was the 70 million-year-old giant frog fossil in the shape of a beach ball. The scientists call it the Beelzebufo or the devil frog.
We don’t know why they call it the Devil frog, but it was an enormous frog fossil that weighed almost 4.5 kilograms, and it was 41 centimeters long.
A Nest of 15 Baby Dinosaurs
In 2011, paleontologists from the University of Rhode Island found the nest of the fossil. In Mongolia, David Fastovsky discovered a nest of fossils from 15 juvenile baby dinosaurs called Protoceratops andrewsi, a type of dinosaur species. This was, in fact, the first dinosaur species ever found.
Biggest Prehistoric Megalodon Shark Jaw
The Megalodon shark was one of the largest predators that lived on earth. The jaw of the shark took close to two decades for reconstruction. And it measures about 9 feet tall and 11 feet across, one of the biggest ever.
The Zion National Park has some of the most well-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. It gives us a clue about life during the Triassic period.
The Mammoth Fossil found its way into the National Parks System, Waco Mammoth National Monument. The 100-acres national park is on the Bosque River in Texas. From the park’s wooded landscape, paleontologists have found various animals killed during ancient floods.
The remains date back to around 70,000 years. And they were fairly new by the fossil standards. Another name for them is the nursery herd of Columbian mammoths ever discovered. They were at least 19 of them of varying ages. This area is the treasure trove of fossils in North America. You may find several variants of fossils, right from insects to spiders to the largest variety of redwood trees ever.
The White River area from the Badlands National Park is one of the resting places with an enormous variety of ancient mammal fossils. They range from deer- and antelope-like mammals to the unusual prehistoric camels and rhinoceroses.
You can trace these possible back to at least 35 million years. And they belong to the late Eocene and the early Oligocene epochs. This is around the same time as the mysterious extinction event mimicking the dinosaurs impacting plants and animals worldwide.
Allosaurus skull at National Park Service
The Dinosaur National Monument is one of the best and the most interesting National Parks that has some of the most varied and different fossils you would ever find. You can find it on the border of Colorado and Utah. This park boasts of some of the varied dinosaur fossil beds in the world. Would you believe it? It has close to 1,500 dinosaur fossils still embedded in the rock.
The other fossils are as weird and as different as they come. Right from carnivorous Allosaurus and the spike-tailed Stegosaurus, they also find their pride of place in the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
Well, many other fascinating fossils give us plentiful information about the world around us, many many eons ago. So many years down the line, yet it continues to intrigue and interests us. However, we can say for sure that, these are not the last in line with fossil discoveries. And we can be sure that there is so much to find out in the years to come! Don’t you agree?