animals that died out in ancient times can never be seen, but the earth has fossils that can help us understand those that are no longer alive.
1. salamander bone fossils.
it was discovered in 1726 by swiss scholar johann schelzer, who at first thought he had found a human skeleton. about a century later, french naturalist georges cuvier said it was not a human skeleton, but a giant salamander.
purcell said: 'i really like this shot of the rhino horn, especially the disordered combination of solid objects and shadows.'
ammonites are extinct relatives of ammonites.
4, chrysanthemum slate.
"it's a slab full of ammonites," purcell said. you can clearly see the different structures of ammonites." the specimen is kept at the sedgwick museum of earth sciences, cambridge, uk.
5. hard phosphorus fish.
hard phosphor fish are known for their honeycombed skin. the specimen is housed at the ashmolean museum of archaeology and art, university of oxford, uk.
the specimen is housed in the museum of comparative zoology at harvard university.
7. european porcupine.
this porcupine specimen is kept at the centre for natural biodiversity in leiden, the netherlands.