Tagged: reptiles

Not a lizard nor a dinosaur, tuatara is the sole survivor of a once-widespread reptile group - Guest Work

Guest Work May 12, 2017

By Marc Emyr Huw Jones, University of Adelaide Have you ever heard of the tuatara? It’s a reptile that decapitates birds with its saw-like jaws, lives to about 100 years old, and can remain active in near-freezing temperatures. It’s also the sole survivor of a lineage as old as the first dinosaurs. May 2017 marks 150 … Read More

Pesky reptiles confuse palaeontologists - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Sep 17, 2009

This from a letter to Nature, in the latest edition: Could Nature have been unknowingly publishing papers for the past 80 years about crocodilian gastroliths (stomach stones) instead of stones concluded to be 2.5-million-year-old hominid tools? This possibility could cast doubt, for example, on the nature of the Oldowan specimens described by Michael Haslam and colleagues in their [...] … Read More