Large, "lost," or simply unusual, a bevy of prehistoric beasts were brought to life in National Geographic News's most popular paleontology stories of the year.
|10. Biggest Trilobite Sea Beasts Found ... in Swarms |
The "remarkable," yard-long, horseshoe crab-like arthropods roamed in swarms of up to a thousand animals, a May study suggests.
|9. "Lost World" of Dinosaurs Survived Mass Extinction? |
An isolated group of dinosaurs may have outlived their doomed relatives by as much as half a million years, an April study suggested.
|8. A Third of Dinosaur Species Never Existed? |
Young dinosaurs weren't Mini-Me versions of their parents, evidence presented in October suggestsmeaning that up to a third of dinosaur species may be misidentified.
|7. Tiny "T. Rex" Found 150-Pound Species Came First |
No heavier than a small man, Raptorex was Mini-Me to T. rex's dinosaur Dr. Evil. But in this case, the tiny gave rise to the titanic, researchers said in September.
|6. Five "Oddball" Crocs Discovered, Including Dinosaur-Eater |
A "saber-toothed cat in armor" and a pancake-shaped predator are among five strange, dinosaur-era crocodile cousins discovered in the Sahara, archaeologists announced in November. Meet BoarCroc, PancakeCroc, DuckCroc, RatCroc, and DogCroc.