America's Next Top Monster
October 22, 2012 5:28 PM Subscribe
Have paleontologists found any circumstantial evidence for extinct predators that, perhaps due to lack of a complete skeleton, are merely conjecture at this point?
posted by egeanin to science & nature (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We've had the benefit of learning so much about creatures like dinosaurs due to paleontologists finding entire skeletons (or putting them together from scattered deposits) of each species, as well as fossils that help us understand what they ate and how they behaved.
But surely there must be evidence of species where scientists have only a single skull, or perhaps a giant claw, or a unique footprint to go on. Perhaps a predator along the lines of T-rex or a sabre-toothed cat, yet no one is 100% for sure what it might have looked like. *
Cryptozoology is fine, but I'm not interested in hominids so no Bigfoot or missing link please-- I want creatures that aren't related to us in any way. Also only interested in land-dwelling creatures, so no Loch Ness.
Please send me any links or articles you may have come across-- it's been surprisingly difficult to Google.
* I know that no one knows 100% what any fossil might have looked like while it was alive, especially re: colors and all that, but for the most part we'd know enough to recognize, say, a mastodon.