Simbakubwa’s skull is believed to have been as large as a rhinoceros skull.(Artwork Supplied: Mauricio Anton)
Of all the places you could imagine discovering a giant meat-eating mammal, a drawer is probably not one.Key points: Simbakubwa fossils were discovered years before by palaeoanthropologists searching for apes
When it was alive, around 20 million years ago, the animal weighed around 1,500 kilograms with a head the size of a rhinoceros’s.
Researchers say there are millions of unidentified species in museums around the world.
But a pair of researchers from Ohio University have done just that.
Matthew Borths was studying fossils at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya when he decided to have a poke around.”On a lunch break I decided to pull open some different drawers just to kind of see what else was there,” Dr Borths said.”And one of the drawers I pulled out had this gigantic fossil in it.
“Luckily for Dr Borths — and the world of palaeontology — his area of expertise just so happened to be an order of extinct meat-eating mammals called the hyaenodonta.
While he immediately recognised the lower jaw bone as a hyaenodont, he knew it was from a species that had not been described before.”I was like, ‘how did I not know this was here?’ I felt really responsible,” he said.”
I’m one of the few people on the planet that really cares about this group of animals.”
Philadelphia Zoo welcomed three new little ones to their home as a Black-footed Cat named Aza gave birth to an adorable litter of kittens.
The first ever Black-footed Cats ever born at the zoo, the kittens, named Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion, are tiny little creatures endemic to southern Africa. (Love the Game of Thrones inspired names!).
One of the smallest wild cat species in the world, a fully grown adult male weighs on average 4.2 pounds while a female weighs around 2.9 pounds.
The pads and underparts of their feet are black, hence giving them their name.
The Philadelphia Zoo shared these heart-melting, behind-the-scenes photos that show the kittens receiving their check-ups.
Routine procedures include vaccinations, weighing and getting dye marked (or remarked) so the keepers can tell them apart from a distance.
Drogon, seen in the first photo (above), is the epitome of cuteness with his huge eyes and sweet stare.
At eight weeks old, he weighed just 27 ounces, or 1.7 pounds.
Pictured: Mike’s dog Joplin sits a for the Camera in front of a Tornado. Image Credit: Photograph by Mike Mezuel II, Stormhaser.
One of my favourite memories is when we finally got the shot of Joplin in front of a tornado back on 24 May, 2016.
It had been two years of trying to get the perfect tornado for her to safely sit and pose in front of, plus I didn’t want her posing with a tornado that did any damage to property or life, so that was needed as well.
When it happened, I remember her just chilling in the car and not really in the mood to get out, so I grabbed her and ran her out in the field and put her down and started to try to get her to look at me.
I think she gave me one look before wanting to just lay down and sniff the dirt.