This unusual dinosaur's enormous claws, shaped like giant scythes, could probably have stopped a tyrannosaur dead in its tracks. Therizinosaurus
With broad hips and a pot belly, this dinosaur was perhaps the strangest-looking of all dinosaurs. An adult Therizinosaurus is thought to have weighed about 6 tonnes, that is as heavy as a large Tyrannosaurus rex. It lived in the same area of today's Mongolia as the notorious Velociraptor, but around 5 million years later. By then a wetter climate had replaced the deserts in which Velociraptor lived. This later, fertile flood plain supported a much larger variety of dinosaurs, including giant forms which were absent in the deserts.
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83–72 million years ago, Deinosuchus was the largest predator in North America. Deinosuchus
Deinosuchus riograndensis, an extinct giant relative of alligators, was the undisputed top predator in the rivers and estuaries along the east coast of southern Laramidia — a huge island that formed when the rising sea divided North America into several continental islands. From fossil remains it has been estimated to have grown to about 11 metres in length and weigh 6–7 tonnes, by far exceeding any modern alligator or crocodile. It was twice as heavy as the largest tyrannosaurs of its time and, as suggested by bite marks preserved on fossil bones, it preyed on dinosaurs. At this time there were also smaller-sized Deinosuchus, which may be of a different species, living along the southern and eastern coast of the island called Appalachia. The evidence that this Appalachian population commonly preyed on turtles include bite marks preserved on fossil turtle bones.
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Pinnacles Desert - Western Australia
Situated near Cervantes, about 180 km north of Perth Western Australia is a sandy desert containing one of the most unusual landscapes in Australia : the Pinnacle Desert. Out of the yellow, shifting sand rise thousands of huge limestone pillars known as the Pinnacles.
Rising up to five meters in height, he pinnacles display a vast array of shapes.