July 23, 2024



Paleontologists find unusual 290 million year-old reptile fossil in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park

Daily Mail UK

Paleontologists have discovered a 290 million-year-old fossil in Utah that likely belonged to an ‘early reptile relative’ and could wind up being an entirely new species.

The discovery, made last month at Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, is a ‘rare’ example of a Permian-aged skeleton, said paleontologists at Arizona‘s Petrified Forest National Park, who worked on the team that was part of the discovery.

The fossilized specimen was found in the bottom of a slickrock wash that was threatened by erosion by rainstorm that previously hit the canyon.

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