Carboniferous flora and fauna
This animation presents some animals and plants that lived between the Devonian and Permian periods (358-299 million years ago).
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The Earth's continents have been in constant motion during the history of the planet.
An extinct group of Cephalopoda, with solid external skeletons. They are excellent index fossils.
A prehistoric amphibian and an early representative of the Tetrapods, which became extinct 360 million years ago.
Eurypterids are an extinct group of Palaeozoic aquatic arthropods.
A transitional form between fish and tetrapods, or four-limbed vertebrates.
The ancestors of Arachnida and Crustacea belonged to the class Trilobita.
Long-necked herbivorous dinosaur with a robust body.
The archaeopteryx shows characteristics of both birds and reptiles. It is probably the ancestor of birds.
Deinonychus antirrhopus, the 'terrible claw', was a carnivorous dromaeosaurid dinosaur.
The last Ice Age ended about 13 thousand years ago.
The ‘upright man’ used tools and could set fire.
Fish-like marine dinosaurs which resembled dolphins; a good example of convergent evolution.
This 3D introduces a centipede species widespread in the Mediterranean.
The products of oil refining include diesel oil, petrol and lubricants.
This 3D scene presents the flora and fauna of the last period of the Palaeozoic Era.
A prehistoric flying reptile, similar to birds. However, there is no direct evolutionary link between the two.
A type of prehistoric reptile having bony plates on its back, which aided thermoregulation.
Tectonic plates can move in relation to each other.
Large carnivores, perhaps the best known of dinosaurs.
A type of herbivorous dinosaur easily recognisable by its large frill and three horns which lived in the Cretaceous period.
Extinct proboscidea closely related to today's elephants, often hunted by prehistoric man.
During the evolution of vertebrates the relative development of brain areas has changed.