Archiv des Autors: Markus Bühler

Berardius, the bus-sized deep sea predator with barnacle covered battle teeth

There is an enormous marine carnivore which grows as long as a bus, and most people are fully unaware of its very existence. Nearly everyone knows sperm whales, but if you would ask people about the world’s next largest extant … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Illustration, Kryptozoologie, Tiefsee, Wale | Schreib einen Kommentar

The feathered Warsaw Dilophosaurus

Originally I wanted to continue the series about the Messel-fossils, but I am still working on a reconstruction illustration for the next part and needed a break. Instead I´ll jump on the Dilophosaurus bandwagon, because this awesome theropod from the … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Dinosaurier | 3 Kommentare

Fossil treasures of Messel Pit part II: Crocs and gators

The fauna of the area which would later become the Messel pit was quite rich in crocs. Some of them strongly resembled modern crocodylians, but some of them were oddballs which differed strongly from any extant species. The biggest crocodylian … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Amphibien, Krokodile/Crocodylians, Museen, Paläontologie, Reptilien | Schreib einen Kommentar

Fossil treasures of Messel pit part I: Fish

The Messel pit is one of the most spectacular fossil sites of the world. It gives us an incredible insight into a subtropical ecosystem from the Eocene, about 47 million years ago. The special conditions of this Lagerstätte did not … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Evolution, Fische, Paläontologie | Schreib einen Kommentar

Shit happens part IX: The fatal snake hunger of a grebe

Bizarre deaths and accidents of animals were already covered for several times on the blog, especially in the shit happens-series. Today I want to feature an interesting specimen to continue this topic. This is a partially dissected great crested grebe … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Reptilien, shit happens, Vögel | Schreib einen Kommentar

The rasping Mouth of Death

I haven´t posted new stuff on the blog since quite some time, but not because I´m no more writing, but due to the amount of work which is going into some future blog articles. For that reason I was looking … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Fische | 2 Kommentare

The weird little whales that hide within a cloud of their gut fluid

Many animals have developed amazing anti-predator adaptions, from mimicry to the ability to autotomize certain parts of their own bodies. One of the most bizarre defense mechanisms among mammals is found in the two exant members of the genus Kogia, … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Blogposts in English, Säugetiere, Wale | 2 Kommentare

A tiny tusk within a broken tusk – just another narwhal oddity

The narwhal Monodon monoceros is almost a real-life fantasy creature. But not only due to its historical connection with the legendary unicorn – after all, a whale with an enormous tusk growing out of its head is much more fabulous … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Anatomie, Blogposts in English, Teratologie, Wale | Schreib einen Kommentar

The bird that follows in the footsteps of the dinosaurs

Technically, all modern birds are dinosaurs, descendents of a lineage of theropods that evolved complex feathers and the ability to fly. But to be honest… most of them don´t really look very „saurian“ anymore. Those fancy feathers, toothless beaks and … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Dinosaurier, Vögel | 1 Kommentar

Fishing for River Monsters in ancient Egypt

I recently visited the Royal Ontario Museum at Toronto, a monumental museum about zoology, paleontology, history, archeology and ethnology. Among the many wonderful objects in the exhibition about ancient Egypt, one artifact caught my eye in particular. It was a … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Archeology, Curiosity of the Day, Fische, Megafische | Schreib einen Kommentar