Tuesday 4 March 2014

The Mesonyx

You can see on the picture on your right the Mesonyx, or rather a model of a mesonyx, which is a wolf-like mammal, of the Mesonychidae family, which are linked to... the whales and dolphins. They are their ancestors, which makes the now extinct mesonyx a distant relative of the sea creatures, a great uncle of some sort. I took this picture, of course, during my last trip to the Natural History Museum. It was a few minutes before closing time. I was really happy to find it: I had been obsessed with the mesonyx of the Natural History Museum since I was eleven, when I first saw it. I had forgotten its name, but not its look and not its affiliation with its sea dwelling grand-nephews.

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

Drôle d'animal qui ressemble plutôt à un raton laveur mélangé à un chien :)