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Re: Beautifully horrible
> Just before the beautiful fossils thread started I was thinking of asking
> what people's most horrible fossil skull was. I think it's hard to beat
> Rhamphorynchus - truly the stuff that nightmares are>
I like those questions, it wakes the child in me again, mildly scared
but enormously attracted to all those long-gone but so familiar
creatures in my books...
the Dunkleosteus head armour: with that merciless, robotic
appearance, the armoured eyes and the machinal jaw apparatus: the
fish from hell.
the anteosaurid skulls, best known from the Titanophoneus skulls:
unlike anything we know now, with that horrible battery of
intermeshing and forwardly protruding teeth.
next to that: the skull of the gorgonopian Inostrancevia, as can be
seen on the Russian Dinosaur Casting Project webpage: Cerberus, the
hell hound of the ancient Greeks must have been something like that.
Kronosaurus: the Dreadnought, or Bismarck of the Cretaceous seas with
it's over 2m skull well equiped with fierce teeth. In fact, when I
look at any plesiosaur head, I am a bit shocked by the unfriendly
appearance and abundance of spiky teeth.
Carnotaurus and Majungatholus: unlike other theropods
(with exception of Oviraptor and it's kin) which have a certain
elegance with their rather elongated, delicate skulls, those
abelisaurs with their short, sturdy skulls only give the feeling of
brute force and unmoderated carnivory.
Well, this was a bit long and devoid of interesting information, back
to more serious items as cladistics again...