The Paleontology Gallery of la Musée d’Histoire Naturelle

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I have a handful of Paris posts still to write. I arrived in London today and will be heading to the Natural History Museum tomorrow to start working.

I didn’t actually get a chance to go through any of the other wings while in Paris, but I did go through the Paleontology gallery after photographing the mounted Diplocynodon there. A lot of these pictures are not going to be the greatest–museum lighting and all.

Arsinotherium is distantly related to elephants, manatees, and hyraxes

Arsinotherium is distantly related to elephants, manatees, and hyraxes

Seriously, Glyptodon? What are you doing with those cheek bones? (Glyptodon is related to armadillos.)

Seriously, Glyptodon? What are you doing with those cheek bones? (Glyptodon is related to armadillos.)

This Pelagosaurus (a species of marine crocodylomorph) has a very cool mount job

This Pelagosaurus (a species of marine crocodylomorph) has a very cool mount job

Metoposaurs are one type of giant amphibian. You can find them in the southwestern US (not alive, obviously)

Metoposaurs are one type of giant amphibian. You can find them in the southwestern US (not alive, obviously)

Lystrosaurus is the genus I did my Master's thesis on. It's very, very distantly related to mammals and survived the biggest mass extinction ever.

Lystrosaurus is the genus I did my Master’s thesis on. It’s very, very distantly related to mammals and survived the biggest mass extinction ever.

Sarcosuchus might be the longest known crocodyliform. It's certainly up there. It's a pholidosaur, which are outside the group alive today.

Sarcosuchus might be the longest known crocodyliform. It’s certainly up there. It’s a pholidosaur, which are outside the group alive today.

All those jokes about T. rex's arms being short and useless should really be about Carnotaurus and its relatives.

All those jokes about T. rex‘s arms being short and useless should really be about Carnotaurus and its relatives.

Mummified mammoth! The eye is glass, though.

Here's its foot

Here’s its foot

Tiny whale legs!

Tiny whale legs!

They belong to Basilosaurus

They belong to Basilosaurus

Remember when I mentioned durophagous dentition in an earlier post? This is a classic example

Remember when I mentioned durophagous dentition in an earlier post? This is a classic example

It belongs to this genus of fish–Leptodus

It belongs to this genus of fish–Leptodus

Bony fish ancestrally had scales coated with enamel. Gars and such still do today. Enamel is the hardest substance in the vertebrate body, so it fossilizes really well.

Bony fish ancestrally had scales coated with enamel. Gars and such still do today. Enamel is the hardest substance in the vertebrate body, so it fossilizes really well.

And outside the gallery was a carousel with extinct animals instead of horses. Sadly, I managed to not get a picture of it. Every time I walked by with my camera, they had it covered.

Well that’s it for tonight. I’m off to bed now. Gotta get up early to go to work tomorrow!

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