2015 was an exceptionally productive year for paleontology. Brontosaurus made a comeback. Paleontologists further decoded the coloration patterns of long extinct animals. Jurassic World brought dinosaurs back to the big screen. And most importantly, scientists around the world made thousands of new discoveries, both in the field and in the lab, which have further reconstructed our understanding of Earth’s murky ecological past.
By Becky Ferreira|MOTHERBOARD
So without further ado, I present to you the 2015 Best in Show winners for extinct animals that were either discovered, named, or properly classified within the 12 months. From its Cambrian weirdos to its gigantic raptors, this will be a hard year to beat. Bring it, 2016.
Best Mammal: Kimbetopsalis simmonsae