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Fearsome Dinosaur-Age “Hammerhead” Reptile Ate… Plants?

 The filter-feeding reptile’s fossilized jaw was discovered in southwest China in 2014. Photo by Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology/Chinese Academy of Sciences With a maw like a vacuum cleaner, Atopodentatus unicus lived 242 million years ago, following the Permian-Triassic … Continue reading

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‘Hammerhead’ creature was world’s first plant-eating marine reptile

Newly-discovered fossils of the Triassic marine reptile Atopodentatus unicus have revealed that the animal had a bizarre hammerhead-shaped jaw apparatus. It used its strange jaw to feed on plants, making it the first herbivorous marine reptile. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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‘Hammerhead’ creature was world’s first plant-eating marine reptile

In 2014, scientists discovered a bizarre fossil–a crocodile-sized sea-dwelling reptile that lived 242 million years ago in what today is southern China. Its head was poorly preserved, but it seemed to have a flamingo-like beak. But in a paper published … Continue reading

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