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A prehistoric flying reptile, similar to birds. However, there is no direct evolutionary link between the two.
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Long-necked herbivorous dinosaur with a robust body.
An extinct group of Cephalopoda, with solid external skeletons. They are excellent index fossils.
This animation presents some animals and plants that lived between the Devonian and Permian periods (358–299 million years ago).
Deinonychus antirrhopus, the 'terrible claw', was a carnivorous dromaeosaurid dinosaur.
The dodo is an extinct species of birds that used to be native to the island of Mauritius. It has become the symbol of extinction.
The last Ice Age ended about 13 thousand years ago.
The ‘upright man’ used tools and could set fire.
Fish-like marine dinosaurs which resembled dolphins; a good example of convergent evolution.
A prehistoric amphibian and an early representative of the Tetrapods, which became extinct 360 million years ago.
Eurypterids are an extinct group of Palaeozoic aquatic arthropods.
Quetzalcoatlus was one of the largest known flying animals of all time.
A type of prehistoric reptile having bony plates on its back, which aided thermoregulation.
A transitional form between fish and tetrapods, or four-limbed vertebrates.
Large carnivores, perhaps the best known of dinosaurs.
A type of herbivorous dinosaur easily recognisable by its large frill and three horns which lived in the Cretaceous period.
The ancestors of Arachnida and Crustacea belonged to the class Trilobita.
Living fossil, important stage in the evolution of tetrapods.
Extinct proboscidea closely related to today's elephants, often hunted by prehistoric man.
A species of venomous snakes widespread in Europe. Its bite is rarely fatal to humans.
The animation shows the anatomy of turtles.
A type of snake with a characteristic spot on its neck.
Chameleons are reptiles with an ability to change their colours.
The archaeopteryx shows characteristics of both birds and reptiles. It is probably the ancestor of birds.
The Earth's continents have been in constant motion during the history of the planet.