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National Park Service interns unearthed fossils of a bizarre 220-million-year-old reptile
CNN ^ | Fri October 16, 2020 | Scottie Andrew

Posted on 10/16/2020 10:20:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A peculiar, 220-million-year-old species of burrowing reptiles that evaded scientists has been found, fossilized. A team of National Park Service interns are credited with its discovery.

Hidden in a once-vibrant part of Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park, the burgeoning paleontologists unearthed fossils of the Skybalonyx skapter, an "anteater-like reptile" that probably predates dinosaurs, according to findings published this month in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. It's a new species of a reptile previously thought to only live in trees.

The unusual Skybalonyx skapter belongs to the group Drepanosaur, often considered the ugly duckling of reptiles (perhaps partly because they bore some resemblance to fowl in life). The University of California Museum of Paleontology describes the creature's features as "seemingly drawn at random from evolution's spare parts box," with bird-like beaks and tails punctuated with a claw, almost too oddly fantastical to be real.

But the Skybalonyx skapter was real, and it lived in an area that was once overrun with life during the Triassic Period some 220 million years ago, Xavier Jenkins, a Idaho State University PhD student who was credited with the Skybalonyx's discovery, told CNN.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: History; Local News; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: arizona; dinosaurs; drepanosaur; godsgravesglyphs; paleontology; petrifiedforest; reptile; skybalonyxskapter; triassic; triassicperiod
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1 posted on 10/16/2020 10:20:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

In before the Helen Thomas reference. Is that the right name of that archaic windbag “reporter” that WBushie tried to coddle?


2 posted on 10/16/2020 10:33:45 PM PDT by Honest Nigerian
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To: nickcarraway

“the burgeoning paleontologists unearthed fossils”

Burgeoning paleontologists?


3 posted on 10/16/2020 10:38:38 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: nickcarraway

“seemingly drawn at random from evolution’s spare parts box,” -— Sounds like the winners of the Democrat primaries.


4 posted on 10/16/2020 10:41:41 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Honest Nigerian
”In before the Helen Thomas reference.”

Lol...That was my first thought.

5 posted on 10/16/2020 10:43:55 PM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.`)
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like that skankie fossil Nancy Pelosi. Coming out of a hole in the ground is a good hint that it is her.

Wonder if Joe Biden is down there too.

If so, he could claim that he had 220 million years of training to be the president of Gondwonaland.


6 posted on 10/16/2020 10:44:39 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Honest Nigerian

#2. When Moses left Egypt thousands of years ago, he deliberately left Helen Thomas behind. He figured, correctly, that he and the Hebrew people would have enough trouble surviving in the desert without having an anti-Semitic, backstabbing psychobitch in their midst.

Besides, Baal needed a “groupy”.


7 posted on 10/16/2020 10:46:56 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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8 posted on 10/16/2020 10:49:50 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change with out notice.)
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Pelosiraptor botoxicus.
9 posted on 10/16/2020 11:23:25 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Caveat Emperor)
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To: ModelBreaker

Yes, they were interns.


10 posted on 10/16/2020 11:24:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ModelBreaker

The burgeoning paleontologists were once hidden in Petrified Forest National Park. That’s what the article says, it must be true.


11 posted on 10/16/2020 11:26:34 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Caveat Emperor)
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Burgeoning paleontologists?

The author tried to type "Burgess Shale paleontologists." (The paleontologists in question had previously achieved acclaim studying Cambrian fossils.)

Damn auto-correct!

Regards,

12 posted on 10/16/2020 11:34:57 PM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: ModelBreaker
They burgeon.

Who are you to judge?

13 posted on 10/16/2020 11:46:32 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: ModelBreaker

I guess they are students. “Young paleontologists” might have seemed odd.


14 posted on 10/17/2020 12:32:50 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: ModelBreaker

The paleontologists should have done their burgeoning in the privacy of their own homes instead of while unearthing fossils.


15 posted on 10/17/2020 12:51:03 AM PDT by Arcadian Empire
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The male Skybalonyx skapters took one look at the female Skybalonyx skapters and decided to let their species die out.


16 posted on 10/17/2020 12:53:49 AM PDT by Arcadian Empire
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To: nickcarraway
“A peculiar, 220-million-year-old species of burrowing reptiles that evaded scientists has been found...”


17 posted on 10/17/2020 1:00:37 AM PDT by Prole
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To: nickcarraway; SunkenCiv; Gamecock; SaveFerris; PROCON; Rebelbase
burrowing reptiles that evaded scientists has been found, fossilized. A team of National Park Service interns are credited with its discovery.

Skybalonyx? Balony! Maybe the interns were evading their bosses and found out where the reptiles were evading the scientists!


18 posted on 10/17/2020 1:28:08 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: SunkenCiv

PING


19 posted on 10/17/2020 1:38:30 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Honest Nigerian
In before the Helen Thomas reference.

Helen Thomas? When I saw "fossilized," I was expecting Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein...

20 posted on 10/17/2020 1:51:13 AM PDT by Swordmaker (My pistol self-identifies as an iPad, so you must accept it in gun-free zones, you hoplophobe bigot!)
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