Over at tor.com, the promised post on seriously cool early mammals. Honestly, you really should click through and take a look. Anybody with their images of “mammals, normal” shaped by modern fauna ought to really enjoy the weird things early mammals did as variations on the theme.
I’ve always loved the prehistoric elephants, who came up with lots of weird ideas besides the trunk. Hard to imagine a jaw like that being a good idea for an elephant, but I guess it was.
One I’d never heard of is Thalassocnus. An aquatic giant sloth, really?
Ordinarily my favorite extinct mammal is always Paraceratherium, because hey, giant rhinos trying out for the giraffe role in the ecosystem, what’s not to love? But today my favorite has to be Amphicyon, because it’s a bit like what one of my black dogs must look like, only of course black dogs are a lot shaggier and, you know, black. And even bigger. And have fiery eyes and black fangs and stuff. Still, this bear-dog type of thing is what I had in mind.
Click through an enjoy! Which one is your favorite?