This page offers a collection of photos from a museum about dinosaurs. I saved the best photos for last, including the question which prompted me to return to the museum with my camera.
We are all like grains of sand in the long continuum of time, when you consider what came before us. Austin used to look a bit different. Once upon a time, Austin's Town Lake might have looked something like this.
The Brazos river was bigger than the Mississippi.
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There were big fish everywhere, like this Xiphactinus (also see video),
and marine reptiles, like this Mosasaur (video), which was found in the Onion Creek area of Austin.
It was literally eat or be eaten.
These Plesiosaur remains were also found in Austin, on Shoal Creek.
A partial skeleton of another Plesiosaur was found in Falls County, Texas, and was used to make this exhibit.
Some remains of a giant sea turtle were found in McClennan County, Texas.
During the Permian Period, (290-250 million years ago), the waters receded to expose land.
The Edaphosaurus (video) lived in the swamps, eating plants,
and was related to the Dimetrodon, though the Dimetrodon was carnivorous.
The Trilophosaurus was an herbivore.
Reptiles, like the aforementioned lizards, shared the swamps with amphibians, like this Eryops Megacephalus, a carnivore and one of the largest land predators of its time.