This Online Community Is Sharing Pictures Of Extinct Creatures To Prove That Nature Is “Metal”, Here Are 97 Of The Best

We can only guess what the future will look like. But the past? We have evidence to help us paint a picture of it. To visit it.

There’s a cool subreddit called ‘Nature Was Metal‘ and its members are like online paleontologists, digging around the internet in search of pictures of dinosaurs and other creatures that are now extinct.

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Often, they find pretty good ones: photos of real uncovered skeletons or image projections, built around them.

This subreddit is like a time machine, which may not physically take us to visit the long-gone days, but it certainly allows us glimpses of it, and that can be just enough to please our burning curiosity.

#1 This Brachiosaurus Skeleton

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#2 Megalodon & Human Size Comparison

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#3 Triceratops Femur (Left) vs. Elephant Femur

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#4 Sue Is The Largest T.Rex To Be Found So Far, At 90% Of The Body Complete

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#5 10 Million Years Ago, Turtles Could Eat You With A Single Bite

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#6 Prehistoric ‘Hell Ant’ Stuck In Amber Biting It’s Prey For 99 Million Years

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#7 “Dogor” An 18,000 Year-Old Puppy That Was Discovered In The Siberian Permafrost. He’s So Well Preserved That His Nose And Whiskers Are Still Mostly Intact

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#8 Crinoid Fossils Can Be Found In Some UK Rivers And Were Once Thought To Be Fairy Coins. Sometimes Called ‘Star Stones’

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#9 A Raptor And Protoceratops’ Fight Preserved In The Sand

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#10 Opalized Crab Claw

If a cavity has formed because a bone, shell or pinecone was buried in the sand or clay that later became rock, and conditions are right for opal formation, then the opal forms a fossil replica of the original object that was buried.

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#11 The Last Photo Taken Of A Wild Barbary Lion. Taken In 1924

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#12 23 Million Year Old Lizard Found In Fossil

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#13 This Was Toughie, The Last Known Living Rabbs’ Fringe-Limbed Treefrog. He Was Captured As An Adult In Panama In 2005 And Died In Captivity On September 26, 2016

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#14 A 120-145 Million Year Old Dinosaur With Two Heads Was Found In Yixian, China

It’s super rare because the chances of a two headed animal are small and for it to even fossilize are even smaller.

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#15 These 250-Million Year Old Detailed Crinoid Fossils

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#16 An Incredibly Intact Crinoid Specimen Fossil Dating Back To About 345 Million Years Ago!

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#17 100,000 Years Ago, A Group Of Neanderthals In Spain Walked Down To The Beach

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#18 Imagine Just How Huge And Metal This Mammoth Must Have Been… Tusk Of A Woolly Mammoth In Siberia

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#19 The Diversity Among Homo Erectus Around The World. Homo Erectus Existed For 1.9 Million Years And Was The Most Successful Human Species

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#20 This Spinosaurus Skeleton

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#21 It May Not Look Like Much, But This Tiny, Billion-Year-Old Green Algae Is The Ancestor Of All Land Plants On Earth

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#22 Indohyus – The Earliest Known Ancestor Of The Whale

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#23 I See Your Various Well-Preserved Animals And Raise To You A Smushed Baby Mammoth (Credit Ruth Hartnup)

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#24 A Rare Fossil: The Shell Of A Tortoise Stuck In The Jaw Of An Ancient Elephant

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#25 A Megalodon Tooth Compared To A Great White Shark!

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#26 An Argentinian Farmer Recently Found 20,000 Years Old Fossilized Glyptodons

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#27 A Neanderthal Father With His Child. Reconstruction Made By The Kennis Brothers

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#28 When Breeding, Australian Gastric-Brooding Frogs (Rheobatrachus) Would Stop Producing Gastric Acid, Swallow Their Eggs, And Carry Them In Their Stomachs Past Metamorphosis. Extinct Since 1985

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#29 Around 26000 Years Ago This Lion Cub Was Abandoned In A Siberian Cave By Her Mother Who Either Went Hunting, Or Was Killed Never To Return

Unable to feed herself, the cub dubbed Sparta starved and has been perfectly preserved since.

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#30 The Evolution Of Our Face

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#31 The Giant Monster That Was Argentinosaurus

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#32 Outdated Reconstruction Of A Neanderthal vs. Scientifically Accurate Reconstruction Of A Neanderthal

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#33 This Isn’t A Dinosaur Fossil; It’s A Mummy

A 110 million-year-old Nodosaur was swept to sea by a flooding river, sank, landed on its back, and was pressed into the ocean floor. It’s so well- preserved that it still has intestines and weighs 2,500 of its original 3,000 lbs

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#34 The Licking Bison Of La Madeleine Was Carved On A Reindeer Antler Fragment In Upper Paleolithic France Sometime Between 20,000 And 12,000 Years Ago. It Depicts The Now Extinct Steppe Bison

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#35 Cretan Dwarf Mammoth. It’s Possible Its Skull Was The Origin Of The Myths About Cyclops In Ancient Times. (Not My Photo)

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#36 Prehistoric Spider-Like Arachnid Found Preserved In Amber

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#37 Sub-Adult Torosaurus Skull Compared To A Fully Grown Man

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#38 57,000 Year-Old Wolf Puppy Found Frozen In Yukon Permafrost | Photograph By Government Of Yukon

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#39 These Starfishes Embedded In Stone As A Fossil

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#40 An Trionyx Fossil. Note The Bones Jutting Out From Its Sides

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#41 A Meeting Between A Neanderthal And A Homo Sapiens. This Reconstruction Is Displayed In The Natural History Museum In London And Was Made By The Kennis Brothers

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#42 This Artist Tom Björklund Draws Neanderthals As People And Not As Biological Specimens. I Have To Say, Out Of All The Art I’ve Seen Of Neanderthals, This Is The One That Humanizes Them The Most

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#43 An Amazingly Well Preserved Trilobite From The Devonian Age

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#44 Skeleton Of Archelon Ischyros

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#45 A Comparison Between The Skull Of A Sarcosuchus And A Nile Crocodile

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#46 Stan The Tyrannosaurus Rex Sold At An Auction For $31.8 Million!

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#47 A Preserved Foot Of The Giant Moa Bird. An Extinct Species Native To New Zealand. It Grew To Be 12 Feet Tall

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#48 California Grizzly Bear, The Bear On The California Flag Which Was Extinct In 1924 Due To Overhunting

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#49 Tail Of A 99m Yo Dinosaur, The First One Ever Discovered. Perfectly Preserved, Still Covered In Feathers

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#50 4,000-Year-Old Thylacine Mummy Found In Cave In Western Australia

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#51 Had To Drive 14 Hours To Get Her, But I Finally Have My Little Own Coelophysis

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#52 Reconstruction Of Sue, The T. Rex, In The Field Museum In Chicago

Notice the eyes and the snout, to this day I never saw a reconstruction that looked terrifying and cute at the same time. Blue Rhino Studio made the model for this exhibition. Photo taken from their Facebook page.

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#53 This Rare 30,000 Year Rare Blue Mammoth Tusk Discovered In Alaska In 2017

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#54 The World’s Only Intact Fossil Of An Early Whale – The Basilosaurus Dating About 40 Million Years Ago – Has Been Uncovered During A Excavation At Wadi Al-Hitan In Egypt

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#55 Millions Of Years Old Whale Skeleton In Wadi El Hitan In Egypt From The Time When The Area Was A Sea

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#56 Model Of A Diplocaulus

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#57 A 50-Million-Year-Old Fossil Captures A Swimming School Of Fish

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#58 Columbian Mammoth Remains Excavated In Mexico. This Species Of Mammoth Has Been Found As Far South As Nicaragua And Honduras

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#59 The 10,000 Year Old Skull Of An Extinct Giant Irish Elk Found By A Fisherman

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#60 The Kronosaurus Skeleton At The Harvard Museum Of Natural History

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#61 This Woolly Rhino Specimen Fell Into An Oil Well And Was Perfectly Preserved For Tens Of Thousands Of Years. [museum Of National History, Lviv]

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#62 The Mosasaurus In Jurassic Park Compared With An Actual One

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#63 Deinosuchus Skull Compared To An Alligator Skull

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#64 The Skull Of “Bloody Mary”, One Of The 2 Dinosaus Found Locked In Combat In The “Dueling Dinosaurs” Specimen

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#65 Siberian Permafrost Reveals Perfectly Preserved Ice-Age Baby Horse That Died Between 30,000 And 40,000 Years Ago

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#66 Giant Chinese Paddlefish Now Officially Extinct

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#67 The Preserved Carcass Of A Woolly Rhinoceros Found Frozen In Siberia

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#68 A Prime Specimen Of T. Rex Skin Suggests That The King Of Dinosaurs Was Covered In Scales, Not Feathers

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#69 Scientists Investigating A Dried-Up Lava Tube In Northwestern Saudi Arabia

Were stunned to find a huge assemblage of bones belonging to horses, asses, and even humans (over 40 species total, possibly some now extinct) that were dragged to this location by striped hyenas about 7000 years ago.

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#70 The Skull Of A Triceratops Compared To That Of A Centrosaurus

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#71 Livyatan Is An Extinct Genus Of Sperm Whale And Is Most Notable For Being A Member Of The Raptorial Sperm Whales (Hyper-Predatory Sperm Whales) And Having The Strongest Bite Of Any Tetrapod

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#72 Great News: Up To 60-100 Mammoths Have Been Found In Southern Mexico

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#73 Utahraptor Claws

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#74 Gigantopithecus Blacki Is A Species Of Great Ape, Who’s Closest Living Relative Is The Orangutan. It Stood At Approximately 3 Metres Tall, And Is Thought To Have Lived As Recently As 100,000 Years Ago. Meaning It Co Existed With Early Humans!

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#75 57,000 Year Old Wolf Pup Mummy Uncovered In Yukon Permafrost. She Is Almost 100% Intact And Only Her Eyes Are Missing

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#76 The Only Preserved Head And Skin Of The Extinct Dodo Bird, Kept At The Oxford University Museum Of Natural History

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#77 A Shark Tooth Embedded In A Pterosaur Vertebra

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#78 A Cave Bear Mummy Found In Russia

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#79 The Size Of A Syrian Camel, The Largest Fossil Camel Known With Weights Of Up To 3 Tons

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#80 This Is The Steppe Bison Blue Babe. 36,000 Years Ago He Was Attacked And Escaped From An American Lion Attack, But Later Died To Injuries. Alaskan Permafrost Kept His Hair, Skin, Tongue And Other Organs Fresh Until His Discovery In 1979

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#81 Giant Fossil Of A Kronosaurus

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#82 Quetzalcoatlus, The Biggest Flying Animal Ever!

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#83 The Size Of Sue, The T.rex

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#84 11,000 Years Ago These Giant Armadillos Called “Glyptodonts” Existed Among Humans, And They Probably Went Extinct Because They Were An Easy Food Source For The Humans

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#85 3000 Pound Triceratops Skull Unearthed In South Dakota

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#86 Researchers In Madagascar Discovered The Remains Of An Extinct Species Of Horned Crocodile In A Water-Filled Cave

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#87 The Caspian Tiger, Extinct For Nearly 50 Years. These 300+ Pound Cats Once Ranged Throughout Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Northwestern China, And Much Of Central Asia. This Pic Is From 1871

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#88 Spinosaurus

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#89 In 1982, The Comic Strip ‘The Far Side’ Jokingly Referred To The Set Of Spikes On A Stegosaurus’s Tail As A “Thagomizer”. A Paleontologist Who Read The Comic Realized There Wasn’t Any Official Name For The Spikes And Began Using The New Word; “Thagomizer” Is Now The Generally Accepted Term

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#90 A Bear Body Made From Clay With A Bear Skull In Between Its Paws, Made By Prehistoric Humans. Riddled With Holes From Spear Points, It Was Possibly Used To Teach Hunting, Or Served A Ceremonial Purpose

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#91 The Barosaurus And Allosaurus Encounter At The American Museum Of Natural History

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#92 Behold, The Armored Fish From The Devonian Period: The Dunkleosteus!

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#93 Fossils Of 2 180 Million Year Old Dinosaurs Discovered Unearthed Beneath Road In China!

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#94 Libyan Rock Art Depicting Syncerus Antiquus With A Cattle Egret Perched On Its Horn

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#95 Titanoboa Skeleton

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#96 Theropod/ Dilophosaurus Footprint In Utah

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#97 A Squidlike Creature That Looked Like A Giant Paper Clip Lived 68 Million Years Ago In The Southern Ocean Around Antarctica. It May Have Lived As Long As 200 Years

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