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Posts Tagged ‘giant’

The .Gif Post No. 563 – Merry Leaping Piglets, Santa Claus Wearing A Pigeon Mask While Sitting On An Ostrich Christmas Tree Decoration & Michael Jordan As Compared To A Giant Cow

Friday, 14 December 2018

[Found here, here and here.]

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Bigass Ammonite Fossil is not a Bigass Ammonite Fossil

Monday, 18 July 2016

Ammonite

Yep, that looks like a bigass prehistoric ammonite fossil, and it’s not a snail fossil as the caption states.

Ammonites are perhaps the most widely known fossil, possessing the typically ribbed spiral-form shell as pictured above. These creatures lived in the seas between 240 – 65 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs. The name ‘ammonite’ (usually lower-case) originates from the Greek Ram-horned god called Ammon. Ammonites belong to a group of predators known as cephalopods, which includes their living relatives the octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus [via].

I found the top image (with the erroneous caption) in here, and wondered about the story behind it. Since fossils are typically embedded in rock and I didn’t see any hole or excavation, something seemed off.

Ammonite Replica 2

Ammonite fossils are common, but are rarely larger than about 9 inches in diameter. Sure, some larger species have been found, but why wasn’t this one encased in plaster, crated up and shipped to an archeological museum? How could something so heavy and brittle stay in one piece while being tilted up? How could four guys lift it, let alone one?

A Tineye search brought me to the source –  a 2005 documentary filmed in Lyme Regis, England for the BBC series “Journey of Life.”

“This giant ammonite was actually a replica that we used to show how big ammonites could grow. Made of polystyrene it squeaked as we rolled it down the beach. The look of gob-smack on the faces of Jurassic Coast fossil collectors was priceless!”
Paul Williams, 3 September 2013.

This “fossil” was a prop, and it had a cameo role in Episode 1: Seas of Life.

[Full story with photos here.]

Perhaps you’re wondering why I suddenly found an interest in large fabricated ammonite fossils. It’s because I saw that top picture and wanted to do this with it:

Ammonite Beach Spin

The .Gif Friday Post No. 387 – Foldytown, Catwalk & Silo Man

Friday, 24 April 2015

Foldytown

catwalk

silo man

[Found here, here and here.]

Paul Bunyan – Retired

Monday, 11 August 2014

Paul Bunyan
The real Paul Bunyan [found here].

CapyBathy

Monday, 31 March 2014

Capy Bath

Pro tip: When washing your Capy, be sure to have a small tub of cottage cheese and some rubber duckies nearby, otherwise he/she might jump out and gnaw your face off and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it. TRUE.

[Found here. Related posts here.]

Leapin’ Lizards!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sky Lizard A

Sky Lizard

THAT’S NOT A PHOTOSHOP. The lizard’s big as a Buick, and it’s going after a transformer.

[Found in here. Word of caution – It’s a Russian website, and they don’t police their internet for viruses very well. I think it’s clean, but you can acquire some nasties if you’re not careful.]

Waiting For Sundown…

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

It’s just biding its time. Happy Halloween.

Carp Happens.

Monday, 8 August 2011

[Found here.]

Giant Woolly Llammoth

Monday, 22 November 2010

[Tip o’ the Tarboosh to Julia. Related post here.]

Giant Isopod! Yay!

Monday, 19 April 2010

These pups live in the deep, scrounging around in the darkness for rotted detritus, and occasionally they are captured on trawling lines. The one in the picture is about 2-1/2 feet long  and was found clinging to a submarine returning from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re related to common pillbugs, wood lice and lawn shrimp. Wikipiddlia has this:

“In northern Taiwan and other areas, they are common at seaside restaurants, served boiled and bisected with a clean lateral slice. The white meat, similar to crab or lobster in texture, is then easily removed.”

I’d eat it.

[Image with story found here. Crossposted here.]


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