5 amazing prehistoric creatures

When prehistoric creatures are mentioned, dinosaurs come to our minds. But what about other creatures? Well, here’s a list of 5 prehistoric creatures that will raise your curiosity levels.

The Megalania

The Megalania was dubbed “Giant Ripper Lizard”. Giant, because it measured 7m. Ripper, because it preyed upon kangaroos and wombats. Lizard, because at the end of the day, that’s what it was truly. Now just try not to freak out the next time you see a house lizard.

The Deinosuchus

Imagine a crocodile that hunted dinosaurs. That’s right the Deinosuchus was a ten ton monster measuring 12m. It is even believed that the Deinosuchus would battle with the much feared Tyrannosaurus Rex. This gives a good indication of the sheer power of the Deinosuchus.

The Megalodon

Sharks are at the root of a lot of scary stories. However, there used to be a time when the mighty shark had a deadlier alter ego. A 20m creature with teeth measuring 18cm. The Megalodon was so big, it had to prey on… whales!

The Titanoboa

The largest snake today measures 7m. The Titanoboa was two times longer and weighted a whooping 2500 pounds. Their size was discovered in 2009 in Columbia. In comparison, today’s snakes do not look that bad at all.

The Dunkleosteus

The Dunkleosteus was a fish, more commonly known as “Armoured Fish”. It was a 10m mastodon with parts of this body covered with articulated armoured plates. It comes to no surprise therefore that their diets consisted of fish, sharks and even their own kind.

4 facts you wouldn’t believe were true

A baby fell on a man’s head… twice

The year was 1937 and street sweeper Joseph Figlock, was attending his duties when a baby fell down on him. Fortunately, both were only injured and survived this incredible event.

Weirdly, the same thing happened the next year. This time a toddler fell on his head. Again, both survived. The world has it’s own ways sometimes!

Pennies cost two times more to make

This is the case since 2006. It was the first time ever in history that the cost to make pennies and nickels outplayed their actual value.

Since 2007, it costs 2.4 cents to make a penny and 11.2 cents to make a nickel. These costs include materials, machinery, labour, transport and others.

Bubble wrap was supposed to be wallpaper

A room with bubble wrap walls may not sound like a too bad idea, but back in the days, it was a big no no!

Engineers Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes learnt that the hard way, when their bubble wrap wallpaper failed to achieve the sales targets. They were not to abandon their idea though and eventually, they ended up providing packaging materials for IBM in 1959.

Lighters were invented before matchsticks

While the chicken and egg riddle remains unsolved, the lighters and matchsticks one is solved! Lighters came up in the 16th century. They were converted flintlock pistols. The matchsticks came up much later, in 1826. This just goes to prove that the simplest of implementations are the hardest to come by.

Top discoveries in the past decade

A lot of amazing discoveries have happened in the past decade. We have compiled a list of the 5 most amazing.

  1. Dark Matter’s Existence Confirmed in 2006

The year 2006 saw the confirmation of the existence of dark matter by astronomers, even though they still are unable to confirm what it is made up of. This evidence was brought about from the minutious weighing of gas and stars between two clusters of galaxies in the Bullet Cluster.

  1. The “Ardi” skeleton was completed in 2009

The 2009, a complete skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus, “Ardi”, was discovered in Ethiopia. This is thought to be the oldest human ancestor skeleton ever found, being over 4.4 million years old. It is also the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor discovered till date, snatching the place previously held by “Lucy”.

  1. Human-controlled machines in 2009

Not yet the exact definition of cyborgs but in 2009, an amputee was able to control a biomechanical hand that is connected to the nerves of his arms through wires and electrodes. Pierpaolo Petruzziello was able to perform certain complex movements such as grabbing objects by just using his thoughts.

  1. Signs of Water on Mars in 2008

The Mars Phoenix landed on the Red Planet in 2008 with the mission to confirm signs of water and organic compounds. During on of the Phoenix’s diggings some white powder were discovered and it was noticed that they had vanished after some days. The white powdery material was later found to be water ice.