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Doryaspis swim amongst a bed of Anthozoa Featured Extinct Image

Doryaspis swim amongst a bed of Anthozoa

8-inch-long jawless fish of the genus Doryaspis swim amongst a bed of Anthozoa of the order Actiniaria (AKA sea anemones) 410 million years ago in what is today the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Doryaspis (AKA Lyktaspis) was armored with bony spines and a long snout that had spines set along its length (somewhat like the saw of a modern sawfish). Doryaspis mouth opened above, rather than below the snout, and is believed to have dined on plankton. However the snout may have been used to stir up small crustaceans from the mud or sand.
In addition to a variety of anemones are palm-like crinoids (class Crinoidea), pentagonal-shaped sea stars, nautilus-like ammonites, and squid-like nautiloid cephalopods of the genus Orthoceras

© Walter Myers/Stocktrek Images

Neave Parker Featured Extinct Image

Neave Parker

Neave Parker (1910-1961), natural history artist. After an early, rather disastrous career in banking, Parker served in the RAF during the Second World War. After making the acquaintance of Maurice Burton, a scientific associate at the Natural History Museum and also honorary science editor at the Illustrated London News, he began collaboration with Burton to produce animal illustrations for a non-technical audience. The first of his drawings of prehistoric animals appeared in the Illustrated London News on 30 September 1950. Burton then introduced Parker to William Elgin Swinton (1900-1994), palaeontologist at the Museum. Together they produced a series of reconstructions of Mesozoic vertebrates that accompanied articles in the Illustrated London News. Of particular note were a series of Jurassic and Cretaceous animals which appeared between 1956 and 1960, which were later incorporated into Swinton's book, The Dinosaurs (1970). Date: 1955

© Mary Evans Picture Library

Skeleton of Ichthyosaurus communis (fish lizard) Featured Extinct Image

Skeleton of Ichthyosaurus communis (fish lizard)

Skeleton of Ichthyosaurus communis (fish lizard) and Plesiosaurus dolichodeirus.. Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Jussieu's Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles 1816-1830. Illustration by J.G. Pretre, engraved by Massard, directed by Turpin, and published by F. G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History

© Florilegius / Mary Evans