Index of Beasts

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We will be writing about many different incredible animals that lived during the Pleistocene, so here is an easy way to browse back through time.

Scroll through the index to explore the awesome world of the incredible Twilight Beasts.


100,000 Thank Yous: 2015;

A review of the beasts: 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020;

Artistic interpretations of the beasts: Impressions of the Pleistocene;

Book Review: Giant Sloths & Sabertooth Cats; Horned Armadillos and Rafting Monkeys; The Evolution Underground; Discovering the Mammoth: A tale of giants, unicorns, ivory, and the birth of a new science; Tamed: ten species that changed the world; Sabretooth; Lost animals; Coming of Age: A review of Life Through the Ages; The End of the Ice Age; The World Before Us; Messel: An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem; The First Foresters: Explore the Neolithic in Scotland’s Native Woodlands; Smilodon: the Iconic Sabretooth;

Cave art: The beauty in the beastsFrom the bones of giants; Standing proud; The power of wonder;

Foraminifera: A test of time;

First Farmers: Staying put;

Pleistocene Beetles: Amidst the footsteps of giants;

Pleistocene Extinction: Did humans wipe out the megafauna?; In Patagonia; The lonely walk to extinction;

Pleistocene Parasites: The beasts within;

Tasting the past: Guess who’s coming to dinner? A true story of the real Paleolithic diet!;


Bibymalagasy: When is an aardvark not an aardvark?

Chalicotheres: The last of its kind;

Deinotherium:Land of the giants;

Dodo: The last squawk of the dodo;

Elephant: Clovis hunting an African elephant;

Elephant bird: The most lonely places; Ex profundis;

Giant Lemur: The gentle giant;

Hipparion: Globe trotter;

Homo naledi: We are made of star stuff;

Homo sapiens: On the origins of our species; Staying put: the what, when and how of the first farmers; Marching up the wrong tree;

Paranthropus: Side by side by Homo;

Quagga: Seeking Redemption;

Sivatherium: Shiva’s beast;

Xenocyon: The dreams of dogs;


American Cheetah: The surprising cheetah;

American Hyena: The hyena that was overshadowed by a Tyrannosaurus rex;

American Lion: Joseph Leidy’s atrocious baby; Just like the weather;

Arctic Ground Squirrel: Time capsules from the ice age;

Bone Crushing Dogs: Dire times for bone crushing dogs; Delving into ancient crap;

Camelops hesternus: Yesterday’s camel; Stuck in time;

Columbian Mammoth: The last trumpet of a giant; Stuck in time; A very brief introduction to mammoths;

Giant armadillo: Nothing but the tooth; Remarkable creatures;

Giant Beaver: “Nice Beaver!”;

Giant Cuban Owl: The giant owl and those giant claws;

Giant Hawaiian Duck: The islands of the lost fowl;

Giant Horse: The stuff of night-mares;

Giant Short-Faced Bear: Paddington’s dangerous cousin; Just like the weather; Stuck in time;

Giant tapir: Dreamcatchers;

Giant Vampire Bat: Real vampires in South America;

Gigantocamelus spatulus: A camel for Christmas;

Glyptodont: A home on the range;

Gomphotheres: The lolloping shovel mouth;

Ground Sloths: Mr Darwin’s lost sloth; The burrowersGoing underground; In Patagonia;

Hipparion: Globe trotter;

Hippidion: America’s ass;

Horned Gopher: Small but mighty;

Key Deer: Forever Young;

Lynx: The lynx effect;

Macrauchenia: The bizarre elongated llama; The strangest animals ever discovered;

Marine Sloth: Doing the crawl;

Mastodon: The Nipple Tooth;

Megalodon: Beauty beyond our grasp;

Palaeovertebrate Burrows: Going underground;

Peccary: America’s original razorbacks;

Pronghorns: Ghosts of the desert; Open your eyes and see beauty;

Pudu: A tiny Twilight Beast in a world of giants;

Pygmy Mammoth: A very brief introduction to mammoths;

Rancho la Brea: Stuck in time;

Sabretooth Salmon: The sabretooth salmon;

Smilodon:  The one with the sabretoothIn Patagonia; Stuck in time;

Stag-Moose: No Bullwinkle;

Teratorns: A sticky end for the Monster Birds; Stuck in time;

Terror Birds: The long reign of terror;

Theriodictis: The forgotten dogs of South America;

Toxodon: Darwin’s 18 pence; The strangest animals ever discovered;

Woodward Eagle: Born in the USA;

Xenicibis: Battle of the birds;


Diprotodon: An adorable, goofy looking giant;

Giant Echidna: A prickly giant with a very long tongue;

Giant Short-Faced Kangaroo: A big ass kangaroo;

Harpagornis: Disappearing into the heavens;

Kauri: The ancients of the forest;

Marsupial Lion: The pouched lion;

Meiolania: Turtle Power

Moa: Lost, as the moa is lost!

Megalania: The dragon down under;

Palorchestes: You only live twice;

Thylacine: A striped wonder;

Wonami: Medusa’s Legacy;

Zygomaturus: Squishy Bear Face;


Aurochs: The moo of the wild; Getting inside the bones;

Big cats: The forgotten sabretoothTo worship the lion; The Old World Jaguar; The silent hunter; The Lynx effect; G(e)nomic wisdom; The evolutionary history of extinct and living lions;

Bison: The deadliest Twilight beast?; Guess who’s coming to dinner? A true story of the real Paleolithic diet!; Getting inside the bones;

Brown Bears: The bear from Clare – new evidence for an early human presence in late Pleistocene Ireland;

Cave Bears: The bear necessities;

Chamois: The Devil on the mountain;

Creswell Crags fossils: Ice age mammals in Batman’s house;

Cretan Dwarf Mammoth: A very brief introduction to mammoths;

Denisovans: Who were the Denisovans anyway?;

Dhole: On the dhole;

Dwarf hippos: Island hopping hippos;

Elasmotherium: A unicorn out of the Twilight;

Enigmatic Mammoth: A very brief introduction to mammoths;

Eucladoceros: The beast of the woods;

Giant Beaver: “Nice Beaver!” (Redux);

Giant Rabbit: The story of the King Rabbit;

Giant Short Faced Hyena: Eye of the beholder;

Gigantopitecus: An elusive giant;

Great Jerboa: Crazy cute Ice Age animal you’ve never heard of;

Giant Maltese Dormouse: Down the rabbit hole;

Giant Tortoise: On the shoulders of giants;

Great Auk: Under the boot of man;

Hipparion: Globe trotter;

Hippopotamus: An unexpected river horse; Antique water horses;

Homo naledi: We are made of star stuff;

Homo sapiens: On the origins of our species; Staying put: the what, when and how of the first farmers;

Horses: Galloping across the steppes;

Humans: Big find in little China;

Hyenas: Clan of the cave hyena; Eye of the beholder;

Irish Elk (Megaloceros): An elk that wasn’t an elk; The last Giant Deer;

Lemmings: When life gives you lemmings;

Lynx: The lynx effect;

Megalodon: Beauty beyond our grasp;

Megalovis: The lost sheep;

Moose: It’s Miller time;

Mouse-goat (Myotragus): The mouse-goat crocodile chimera;

Neanderthal: Neanderthals and us: we’re not so different;

Panda: A very English panda;

Polar Bear: Walking on thin ice;

Reindeer: T’was the night before Christmas;

Saiga antelope: Survivors;

Sardinian Dwarf Mammoth: A very brief introduction to mammoths;

Shrew: The fanged beast;

Snail: A whorl of difference;

Southern Mammoth: A very brief introduction to mammoths;

Stegodon: Of dwarfs and dragons;

Steller’s sea cow: Overkill;

Steppe mammoth: The first mammoth of the steppesMini-beasts, giants and mega-floods; A very brief introduction to mammoths; Interview with the mammoth;

Straight Tusked Elephant: An Elephant shakes a tree;

The First Mammoth: A very brief introduction to mammoths;

The African Mammoth: A very brief introduction to mammoths;

Woolly mammoth: Mammoths!; Buttercup the MammothGuess who’s coming to dinner? A true story of the real Paleolithic diet!; A very brief introduction to mammoths; From Russia with love;

Woolly rhinoceros: Crash of the Titans; The lonely walk to extinction;

Zygolophodon: Meet Long Tusk;


Dodo: The last squawk of the dodoHow do you wiegh a Dodo?;

Giant Japanese Duck: Baby’s got quack;

Megalodon: Beauty beyond our grasp;

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