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Animal Remains: Warm Period

Archaeological sites can provide clues to past climate change, including warm periods with increased storm activity. These remains provide evidence…
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Titanoboa Vertebra and two Ribs


Titanoboa, discovered by Museum scientists, was the largest snake that ever lived. Estimated up to 50 feet long and 3…
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Dwarf Tortoise (Hesperotestudo incisa)

Dwarf Tortoise

This object is on permanent display in the Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land exhibit, located in the Pleistocene…
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Blunt-snouted Dyrosaurid Skull (Anthracosuchus balrogus)

Blunt-snouted Dyrosaurid

This crocodile-like reptile had an unusually short snout, giving it an incredibly powerful bite well adapted to eating tougher prey…
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Cuban Crocodile Skull & Albury's Tortoise Shell

Blue Hole Reptiles

When these large reptiles roamed the island, the climate and environment was similar to today’s. They went extinct after humans…
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Ancient Alligator Skull (Alligator olseni) close up of the eye sockets

Ancient Alligator

Alligator olseni is one of the best known extinct crocodilians. These fossils are an intermediate species between primitive and more…
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Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus)


This single surviving species of a 200-million-year-old lineage is a very rare relative to lizards and snakes. Museum specimens are…
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