Mystery solved: Odd, giraffe-necked reptile lived in water

Researchers may have finally solved the mystery of where Tanystropheus, a bizarre reptile with a giraffe-like neck that lived 242 million years ago, lived.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution fossils reptiles science-and-technology skulls

Museum fossils reveal new dolphin-ish reptile

Scientists have identified a new species of tuna-shaped reptiles called ichthyosaurs, one called Hauffiopteryx altera.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: fossils reptiles new-species science-and-technology

Mystery egg likely belonged to giant sea reptile, scientists say

The football-like fossil has puzzled scientists since it was found in Antarctica almost a decade ago.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 17, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: antarctic dinosaurs fossils reptiles

Ancient crocs walked on two legs the size of ours

Fossil footprints in what is now South Korea are evidence that some species of ancient crocodiles walked on two feet.

U. Queensland • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution dinosaurs fossils reptiles walking featured science-and-technology feet

Ancient reptile had tough tooth enamel like a mammal

A reptile from the Late Cretaceous had unusual tooth enamel, report researchers. "Priosphenodon has the strangest teeth I have personally ever seen."

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: teeth fossils reptiles science-and-technology

Ancient reptile had tough tooth enamel like a mammal

A reptile from the Late Cretaceous had unusual tooth enamel, report researchers. "Priosphenodon has the strangest teeth I have personally ever seen."

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: teeth fossils reptiles science-and-technology

Elaphrosaur: Rare dinosaur identified in Australia

The elaphrosaur roamed Australia 110 million years ago and was related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
May 18, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils reptiles australia

Why do snakes produce venom? Not for self-defence, study shows

Relax, snakes aren't out to get you.

Kevin Arbuckle, Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, Swansea University • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  reptiles  snakes  herpetology  snake-venom  self-defence  animal-biology  predator-prey-interaction

Sniffing out lizard poop could offer a way to save them

When combined with DNA identification, dogs trained to sniff out the scat of endangered lizards could offer a new noninvasive way to protect them.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Nov. 5, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: dna conservation dogs reptiles lizards earth-and-environment

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