Strange animals, open museums
Scientists discover new species of living creatures that once lived on the planet each year, because the earth has such a rich history! However, there is one interesting fact - many samples of ancient fossils lie on shelves in museums for many years before some of the researchers will be engaged in them, and prove that it is representative of species unknown to science.
We offer you to learn about these creatures, bones which gathered dust on the shelves of the museum and have been described much later than had been found.
It might seem like you can not see the 24-meter beast? Its fossilized skeleton of a long time kept in the museum without special attention. In 2007, researchers reported a new discovery, or rather the opening of a new species of dinosaur, known BAROSAURUS having a long neck, which was hidden in the walls of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. Its individual bones were scattered in different collections, until they were joined together.
2) Ant Hummingbird size
Hummingbirds - small birds. However, an insect the size of a hummingbird is very impressive. Fossils of long-extinct species of ant incredible size stored at the Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, while scientists in 2011, reported no new discovery. Giant insect was named Titanomyrma lubei.
3) A new type of ksenotseratopsa
Baths Paleontologist Langston ml. I found intriguing fragments of fossils in excavations in Alberta, Canada, in 1958, but he did not have time to study them, so the fragments fell on the shelf of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa and have been safely forgotten.
In 2003, a paleontologist at the Royal Ontario Museum, David Evans and his colleagues have paid attention to the strange fragments and examined them. Once it became clear that scientists have to deal with a new kind of dinosaur Xenoceratops foremostensis.
4), the missing link in the chain of fish
Strange ancestor of plaice can probably explain how these strange creatures evolved. He was found not on the ocean floor, and among the unidentified fossils Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria, the researchers reported in June 2012.
Fish Heteronectes, age 50 million years, has special eyes that can move partially in the region of the head, but did not have the ability to migrate to one side, like a modern flatfish.
5) The oldest crocodile
Called "crocodile Shield" for its flat head, the crocodile species Aegisuchus witmeri is the oldest ancestor of the modern crocodile, which was discovered in Africa. Initially, samples of fossils of this creature were found in Morocco, which were then sent to the same Royal Ontario Museum, and lain on the shelf for several years before scientists have paid attention to them.
6) Parasitic wasps
Sometimes the presence of a large number of unknown species helps to identify and classify them. In October 2012, researchers looked at 1549 unknown parasitic wasps found in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Nicaragua, and found a huge variety, among them were 177 different species. Previously it was known in all 14 species of parasitic wasps