Announced during October’s National Fossil Day (More information – https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/index.htm) the discovery of fossil remains of a tiny burrowing reptile – something that looked like a cross between an anteater and a chameleon, and new to science – was a big media hit, appearing in local news affiliates, the Washington Post, and CNN.
The new species was named Skybalonyx skapter, a member of a group known as drepanosaurs. They lived during the Triassic Period, about 220 million years ago, during a time that predated larger dinosaurs, and when the plants that later became petrified wood once lived.
See full story at https://www.nps.gov/pefo/learn/news/new-fossils-discovered-at-petrified-forest-national-park.htm and the scientific article at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2020.1810058.
Read this full article at https://www.friendsofpetrifiedforest.org/fossils-of-strange-new-species-discovered-at-park/.
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