Incredible monsters of the past lived on Earth
Looking at these creatures, from snakes to giant centipedes incredible, you can only be glad that we live in the 21st century and will never meet them face to face.
That's the most amazing giant extinct animals, which you probably do not know.
Large elephant with mouth duck (platybelodon, Platybelodon grangeri)
platybelodon - is extinct herbivores related to elephants (Proboscidea) that roamed the earth about 4 million years ago.
They lived mostly in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. Platybelodon reached up to 6 meters in length and 2 to 8 meters in height. Fortunately their frightening jaws are used as a shovel for digging plants.
The huge snake (titanoboa, Titanoboa cerrejonesis)
titanoboa that have been discovered in Colombia, represented a kind of snake that lived about 60 million years ago. The largest representatives reached a length of almost 13 meters and weighed more than a ton.
These giant snakes were related boas and anacondas, who kill their victims suffocating rings.
Titanoboa were not only the largest snakes in the history, but also the largest terrestrial vertebrates after the dinosaurs.
Superstrekozy (meganeura, Meganeura monyi)
These flying monsters are extinct relatives of insects dragonflies. They lived about 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous period.
The scope meganeura wings reached 65 centimeters (more than a man's head). They were the largest flying insects that once lived on Earth.
A giant sea scorpion (eurypterids, Jaekelopterus rhenaniae)
This being a length of 2, 5 meters has been recently opened in Germany. Giant eurypterids refers to the extinct animals that lived about 390 million years ago.
This scorpion the size of a crocodile were 46-centimeter mouth with pincers. In addition, they did not disdain to eat their own kind.
The huge birds (Moa, Dinornis robustus)
The giant moa - were the largest bird that ever existed. Representatives Dinornis robustus lived on the South Island of New Zealand, and reached up to 3, 6 meters in height and 250 kg weight.
It should be a sigh of relief that these birds with long rending claws, sharp beak and long legs, no longer exist.
The largest lizard (Megalania, Megalania prisca)
This monster is often called "the dragon-devil." At 7 meters in length and 400-700 kg weight, they were the largest terrestrial lizards that ever lived.
Although it was believed that Megalania extinct, bones found in Australia indicate that it is only 300 years old, and some scientists believe that they still live in Australia.
A huge centipede (arthropleura, Arthropleura)
arthropleura were the largest terrestrial invertebrates on Earth, growing to 2, 6 meters in length. They are relatives of modern centipedes, but lived 340-280 million years ago.
In addition, they could get up, leaning on the lower half of the body. It is time to look fear in the face.
Giant Sloth (Megatherium, Megatherium americanum)
Although these giant version of cute furry sloths are considered herbivores, experts believe that their long forearms and sharp claws were designed to supply meat.
Megatherium became extinct about 2,000 years ago. They reached 6 meters in height, weighed about 4 tons, and walked on its hind legs. It is interesting that they are relatives of the modern armadillo.
A giant fish (dunkleosteus, Dunkleosteus terrelli)
This gigantic fish reaches a length of 9 meters and was known as one of the most ferocious and fearsome creatures that ever lived. Dunkleosteus lived in the Late Devonian period 360 million years ago.
This fish did not need teeth, as her razor-sharp jaws can bite through any prehistoric shark in two. And when dunkleosteus did not eat, he rubbed his jaw against each other like self-sharpening scissors.
Giant Tortoise (protostega, Protostega gigas)
This super turtle reaches up to 3 meters in length. Its sharp beak and powerful jaws help chew slow-moving fish, including sharks. However, they themselves were not much faster, because often found themselves prey to sharks.
The biggest bear (giant short-faced bear, Arctodus Simus)
The giant short-faced bear was one of the largest carnivores on Earth. Straightening up, he could reach 3 to 5 meters in height and up to 900 kg weight.
powerful jaws, 20-centimeter claws and huge size certainly instilled fear in smaller predators.
A huge crocodile (sarcosuchus, Sarcosuchus imperator)
sarcosuchus - is an extinct species of crocodiles, who lived 112 million years ago. It was one of the largest crocodile-like reptiles that ever lived on Earth.
Modern crocodiles look pretty daunting, but they do not go to any comparison with the 12-meter monster. In addition, they ate dinosaurs.
The basking shark (Megalodon, C. megalodon)
Megalodon lived 28 -1, 5 million years ago. This older brother large white shark whose teeth reached 18 centimeters in length. This shark was 15 meters long and 50 tons of weight, being the largest carnivorous fish ever existed. Megalodon could swallow the entire bus.