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This ancient reptile was not a lizard.don't call it a lizard

This ancient reptile was not a lizard.don’t call it a lizard

150 million years ago, a prehistoric reptile different from the modern lizard roamed near what is now Wyoming. The discovery of this insect-eating animal, an ancient beak-headed animal, could reveal the persistence of its living relative, the tuatara. Brian Baumgarten | First Fan reptiles are named Poria. It looks like a lizard, but like New …

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You don't actually have a 'lizard brain', evolutionary research suggests

You don’t actually have a ‘lizard brain’, evolutionary research suggests

The concept of a mammalian “lizard brain” can be well and truly put on hold, a new study suggests. Based on a study examining the brains of bearded dragons (Pogona), a large lizard from the Australian desert, scientists have shown that the brains of mammals and reptiles evolved independently from a common ancestor. This is …

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An illustration of lystrosaurs with short-tailed, lizard-like bodies, tusks, and beaks. The Triassic animals are standing near a waterway in front of some mountains and ominous clouds.

Mummified Triassic ‘shovel lizard’ looks like road killer, likely died of drought

About 251 million years ago, a herd of ivory and beaked pig-sized herbivores huddled together, died, shriveled, and then fossilized to look like squashed road debris, the impression of their cobblestone skins still lingering in the rocks around them. These strange fossil layers suggest that recurring droughts are a big problem for animals that are …

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