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Fossil taxa
Topic Started: Sep 26 2009, 04:55 PM (744 Views)
JohnFaa
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Between today and 15 million years in the future surely there were many organisms that went extinct. This is a topic dedicated to those species; it is taken from the point of view of a paleontologist that is on the present of this project and examines those fossils.

Anyone can post their ideas here.

Galeopterus/Cynocephalus sinensis

3 to 4 million years after man's demise

The last known member of the clade Demoptera was the largest and certainly most impressive arboreal mammal to ever have lived; if it stood upright it would had been about as tall as the average human being, and yet it wouldn't have weighted any more than the average 12 year old child, thanks to its light skeleton, which also meant that most of the fossil record of this species is quite fragmented and rare, though enough to know it occured in a vast range that extended from the temperate forests of China to as south and as eastwards as Sulawesi. Its rather difficult to know from which of the two colugo species of the Holocene it evolved from, as it shares traits with both, though geographically speaking it would be more plausible that it was a descendent of the Sunda Colugo, since the Phillipines Colugo lived isolated.

The generic or vernacular name offered to this species is Giant Colugo, for obvious reasons. Since it differs so little from its ancestors, it is assumed to have been an arboreal herbivore like them. Its still unknown if it glided like them however, due to its size; its now generally accepted it did, since its skeleton was even more specialised for aerial locomotion, being more pneumatized, and that might also explain its presene on Sulawesi, which unlike other large indonesian islands never connected to the mainland even in the ice ages. Its appearence coincides with the coldest ice age that the Cenozoic has ever faced, which affected the climate of South Asia (which usually is unaffected by ice ages) as it became drier and rainforests opened more into savanna habitats, which probably allowed the evolution of a larger glider. The subsequent climati changes were too fast, and the giant colugo simply didn't adapted to the return of the rainforest, which became even denser than those of the Holocene
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So we just post our ideas in this topic.
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Yes, as long as they are species that became extinct before this projects present, which is 15 million years in the future
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Alright, I will have a go.
15 million years in the future

Plated Devil Patella Diabolus

This is a species of armored lizard that lives in Australia 5 million years in the future. It is named because it is though to be related to the modern day Thorny Devil, although probably not descended from them, they both belonging to the agamids. It may be more closely related to the blue tongue skinks.

It is about 1 metre long and it's back is covered in armor most likely used to defend itself from predators. It is assumed to be omnivorous, the environment it lived in at the time was a dry scrub plain. It was probably use to going for long periods of time without water. It was a slow moving animal as it relied on it's armor to protect itself from predation.
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I don't think people would have trouble distinguising an agamid from a skink - unless the animal's anatomy has changed a lot from its ancestor's
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Holben


Erm... sorry, but what animals are in Demoptera?
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Colugos and their extinct relatives
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Holben


Now THEY are cool.
A giant one? Even better. Pity it's extinct.
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We recently found 2 different fossils that date to about 8-10 million years in the future:

False Cheetah

The false cheetah was one of the last big cats. It seems to be descended from the cougar, and they lived in the Andes. We found a group of them, suggesting that they were probably social cats like lions. However, they seem to have taken cheetah niches, hunting small prey and fish, but also eating carrion.

False Gazelle

The false gazelle was probably a descendant of guanacos, and they have taken the niches of gazelles. Like the false cheetahs, many false gazelles were also found fossilized, so the false gazelles have been hinted to live in large herds.
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