Most of the birds featured in this gallery are from the ‘Animalia Ornata’ collection – a unique series of original paintings specifically created for this website.
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The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on Earth are explored.
Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller, including gorilla-sized lemurs, 500 pound birds and crocodiles that weighed a tonne or more, roamed the earth. These great beasts, or “megafauna” lived on every habitable continent and on many islands. With a handful of exceptions, all are now gone.
A mixed bag of some rare and unusual mammals from the Astonishing Animals and Animalia Ornata collections.