The prehistoric looking thing is actually a Magnolia Seed Pod. The scale like appendages with extensions that look like claws will eventually give way to very bright red seeds later in the fall and early winter. If you’re lucky enough to come up on one before all the red seeds disperse, it will look like a Christmas Tree Ornament. I’ve seen them dried and sprayed with a floral sealer and used in very striking winter arrangements. This one is from a giant Magnolia here on the farm. Thanks for the look and have a great Sunday.