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Fossils of a hitherto unknown reptile from the Triassic era have been found



Researchers have found fossils of a tiny reptile reptile – unknown until now – among extensive petrified wood in eastern Arizona.

The new species is named Creator of Skybalonyx, and is part of a group of creatures known as Drapanosaurs from the Triassic period, about 220 million years ago.

Petrified Forest National Park outside Holbrook, Arizona.

Researchers say that ancient reptiles are strange because of their morphologies, which include enlarged second claws, similar to bird beaks and tailed claws. They probably looked like a cross between an anteater and a chameleon.

They say the new species could be even stranger because it has claws that allow it to dig instead of climbing and living in trees, more like a mole or a mole.

The fossils were discovered by a team of researchers from the park, Virginia Tech, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, Idaho State University and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. They published their findings earlier this month in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

They found the fossils using a screen wash technique.

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