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"Unveiling the Mysteries of Extinct Wonders: From Tasmanian Tigers to Archaeopteryx" Step into a world lost in time as you explore the captivating realm creatures

Background imageExtinct Collection: Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine

Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) in captivity at London Zoo. The species is believed to be extinct. Largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times - became extinct in 1936

Background imageExtinct Collection: Skeleton of a Deinonychus

Skeleton of a Deinonychus

Background imageExtinct Collection: Fossil Bird Archaeopteryx Cast - Original specimen in Berlin-Germany - Known as 'the first bird'

Fossil Bird Archaeopteryx Cast - Original specimen in Berlin-Germany - Known as "the first bird" with both
CAN-2452 Fossil Bird Archaeopteryx Cast - Original specimen in Berlin - Germany Known as "the first bird" with both dinosaurian

Background imageExtinct Collection: Antique map of Tasmania

Antique map of Tasmania

Background imageExtinct Collection: Thylacinus cynocephalus (Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf, Thylacine)

Thylacinus cynocephalus (Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf, Thylacine)
Illustration of a Thylacinus cynocephalus (Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf, Thylacine)

Background imageExtinct Collection: Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071

Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071
Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen. Cast of the Archaeopteryx specimen held at the Berlin Natural History Museum. This cast shows the spread-out wings and long, clawed fingers

Background imageExtinct Collection: Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop

Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop
General Museum poster. Drawing of a child leading a dinosaur out of the Museum, with the slogan Take something home with you from the Natural History [Museum] Shop, South Kensington, London

Background imageExtinct Collection: Coloured Engraving of a dodo

Coloured Engraving of a dodo
Engraving of a dodo, an extinct, flightless bird, related to the pigeon. The size of a swan, it was heavily-built and clumsy

Background imageExtinct Collection: Fossils from the palaeozoic era

Fossils from the palaeozoic era
Life forms of the palaeozoic era (for identification of individual items, refer to the book page 13-14)

Background imageExtinct Collection: Laetoli fossil footprints

Laetoli fossil footprints. Artwork showing the Laetoli footprints that were preserved in volcanic ash deposits around 3.5 million years ago. They were discovered in 1976 in Laetoli, Tanzania

Background imageExtinct Collection: Ichthyosaurus as a museum piece

Ichthyosaurus as a museum piece
Cartoon of an Ichthyosaurus as a museum piece, in the Ballad of the Ichthyosaurus

Background imageExtinct Collection: Primitive men with spears hunting a glyptodon

Primitive men with spears hunting a glyptodon, large, armored mammal of the family Glyptodontidae.. Colour printed illustration by Heinrich Harder from Tiere der Urwelt Animals of the Prehistoric

Background imageExtinct Collection: Illustration of a Segnosaurus eating leaves, Cretaceous period

Illustration of a Segnosaurus eating leaves, Cretaceous period

Background imageExtinct Collection: Iguanodons were herbivorous dinosaurs

Iguanodons were herbivorous dinosaurs from the mid-Jurassic to late Cretaceous.. Colour printed illustration by Heinrich Harder from Tiere der Urwelt Animals of the Prehistoric World, 1916, Hamburg

Background imageExtinct Collection: Engraving of a nautilus and an ammonite

Engraving of a nautilus and an ammonite. The nautilus is one of the species of marine cephalopods of the family Nautilidae

Background imageExtinct Collection: Brachiosaurus dinosaurs

Brachiosaurus dinosaurs at water, computer artwork. Brachiosaurus was the tallest dinosaur, standing up to 16 metres tall. It could weigh up to 70 tons

Background imageExtinct Collection: Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Background imageExtinct Collection: Illustration of evolution of the horse

Illustration of evolution of the horse

Background imageExtinct Collection: Diplodocus

Diplodocus
Weighing around 20 tonnes & reaching up to 26 metres in length Diplodocus is one of the longest-known dinosaurs. It lived 155 to 145 million years ago during the Upper Jurassic

Background imageExtinct Collection: Polacanthus

Polacanthus
This dinosaur was from the family of armoured skinned dinosaurs, the Ankylosaurs. It was around 14 feet in length living around 125 million years ago. Fossils have been found in the Isle of Wight, UK

Background imageExtinct Collection: Triceratops

Triceratops
The three-horned dinosaur which lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, 67 to 65 million years ago. It grew up to 9 metres in length and fossils have been discovered in USA

Background imageExtinct Collection: Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx had the same number and arrangement of primary and secondary flight feathers as modern birds. Watercolour on paper by John Doncaster

Background imageExtinct Collection: Crystal Palace Dinosaur Models

Crystal Palace Dinosaur Models
Models sculpted by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, working closely with Joseph Paxton and Richard Owen, were installed in the worlds first dinosaur park which opened at Crystal Palace Park in 1854

Background imageExtinct Collection: Mammoth

Mammoth. Artists impression of a herd of mammoths (Mammuthus sp.). The mammoth was a large mammal adapted to the cold conditions of the Pleistocene Ice Age of some 2 million years ago

Background imageExtinct Collection: Trilobite fossil

Trilobite fossil. Fossil of a trilobite (Aristoharpes sp.) from the Devonian period (around 370 million years ago), showing the species characteristic, spade-like shape

Background imageExtinct Collection: Great Auk Extinct

Great Auk Extinct
The great auk or awk (PINGUINUS IMPENNIS) who lost its final battle for survival on a small island off Iceland in 1844, primarily due to over-hunting

Background imageExtinct Collection: Thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus. Extinct

Thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus. Extinct
Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, Thylacinus cynocephalus (Thylacinus harrisii). Extinct. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Rene Primevere Lessons Complements de Buffon, Pourrat Freres, Paris, 1838

Background imageExtinct Collection: Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur

Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur
Archaeopteryx - a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. Date: Late Jurassic Period

Background imageExtinct Collection: The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park

The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park
Original artwork by Walter Ray Woods for Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

Background imageExtinct Collection: Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus

Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus
Sheet 3 of a series of posters by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862, showing Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. Date: circa 1862

Background imageExtinct Collection: Illustration of Australopithecus, Homo habilis and Homo sapiens skulls

Illustration of Australopithecus, Homo habilis and Homo sapiens skulls

Background imageExtinct Collection: Petrified Wood close-up

Petrified Wood close-up

Background imageExtinct Collection: Coprolite, fossil dung

Coprolite, fossil dung
A coprolite is a fossilized dropping, perhaps from a Dinosaur. Length 29cm

Background imageExtinct Collection: Archaeopteryx lithographica [London specimen]

Archaeopteryx lithographica [London specimen]
Main slab of rare fossil dinobird and earliest bird found in the Upper Jurassic of Solenhofen in Germany, now on display at The Natural History Museum, London. Known also as the London Archaeopteryx

Background imageExtinct Collection: Scene in Wealden Times

Scene in Wealden Times
Scene from the Wealden times, during the Cretacous period. Painting, oil on canvas, by Eli Marsden Wilson (1877-1965), before 1935. Original held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageExtinct Collection: Coelophysis fossil

Coelophysis fossil
Coelophysis was one of the earliest known dinosaurs which lived 225 to 220 million years ago during the Upper Triassic. It was a small bipedal carnivore up to 3 metres in length

Background imageExtinct Collection: Mosasaurus marine reptile

Mosasaurus marine reptile
Mosasaurus. Artwork of a Mosasaurus marine lizard swimming underwater. This large carnivorous lizard was around 9 metres in length

Background imageExtinct Collection: Megalodon prehistoric shark

Megalodon prehistoric shark, artwork, hunting a school of fish. Megalodon, Carcharocles (Carcharodon) megalodon, lived between around 20 and 1.2 million years ago, and is known only from fossils

Background imageExtinct Collection: Leptictidium

Leptictidium. Artists impression of the extinct mammal Leptictidium. Fossil evidence of their skeleton revealed that Leptictids had small front legs

Background imageExtinct Collection: Aspidonia, historical artwork, 1899

Aspidonia, historical artwork, 1899
Aspidonia organisms. Historical artwork of Aspidonia organisms, a now invalid name for a grouping of the classes Merostomata and Trilobita

Background imageExtinct Collection: Brachiosaurus dinosaur

Brachiosaurus dinosaur, artwork. Brachiosaurus was the tallest dinosaur, standing up to 16 metres tall. It could weigh up to 70 tons

Background imageExtinct Collection: Megalodon shark and great white

Megalodon shark and great white
Megalodon shark (Carcharodon megalodon), computer artwork. A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is shown below it at the same scale

Background imageExtinct Collection: Ammonite

Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are extinct marine invertebrates. They first appeared in the Late Silurian to Early Devonian period (around 400 million years ago)

Background imageExtinct Collection: Prehistoric Reconstruction AH 86 Woolly Mammoth © Arthur Hayward ARDEA LONDON

Prehistoric Reconstruction AH 86 Woolly Mammoth © Arthur Hayward ARDEA LONDON
AH-86 WOOLLY MAMMOTH - Prehistoric Reconstruction Mammuthus Primigenius Arthur Hayward Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageExtinct Collection: Syrian Desert, satellite image

Syrian Desert, satellite image. North is at top. Vegetation is red and dark green, while arid areas of sand and rock are light green and light blue. Water is blue

Background imageExtinct Collection: Irish Elk / Giant Deer - stag calling. Extinct. Prehistoric reconstruction Pleistocene Period

Irish Elk / Giant Deer - stag calling. Extinct. Prehistoric reconstruction Pleistocene Period
AH-2 IRISH ELK / GIANT DEER / MEGALOCEROS - stag calling Pleistocene period Megaloceros giganteus Prehistoric reconstruction

Background imageExtinct Collection: Glyptodon Asper

Glyptodon Asper
a gigantic forerunner of the armadillo, from the Pleistocene period in South America (near Buenos Aires) more than two metres in length

Background imageExtinct Collection: A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring

A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring, drawn and engraved by John Emslie and published by James Reynolds in 1849



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"Unveiling the Mysteries of Extinct Wonders: From Tasmanian Tigers to Archaeopteryx" Step into a world lost in time as you explore the captivating realm creatures. Marvel at the enigmatic beauty of an antique map of Tasmania, where once roamed the elusive Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine. Immerse yourself in its history and discover why this unique marsupial is forever etched in our memories. Behold the Thylacinus cynocephalus, known by many names - Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf, or simply Thylacine. Gaze upon its image and ponder over its fascinating blend of both dinosaurian and avian features. Some consider it a "missing link, " bridging the gap between dinosaurs and birds. Journey further back in time with fossils from the palaeozoic era, revealing ancient secrets locked within their delicate imprints. Admire an original cast of Archaeopteryx, hailed as "the first bird, " showcasing astonishing characteristics shared by both dinosaurs and modern avians. Witness firsthand nature's evolutionary wonders unfold before your eyes. Delight in a vibrant colored engraving capturing the essence of a dodo - that ill-fated flightless bird whose existence was tragically cut short by human intervention. Reflect on our responsibility towards preserving Earth's fragile biodiversity while cherishing these reminders from our past. Trace footsteps frozen in time with Laetoli fossil footprints – remnants left behind by early hominids who once walked this very earth millions of years ago. Contemplate their significance as windows into humanity's ancestral heritage. Gaze upon Triceratops, one of history's most iconic dinosaurs; marvel at Ichthyosaurus displayed like museum treasures; envision Mauritian Dodo with its curved bill and brown feet – all now mere echoes from distant epochs but forever etched within our collective consciousness.