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Scientists reconstruct baffling 250-million-year-old aquatic reptile with a strange hammerhead mouth

  • The fossilized skull of Atopodentatus unicus led scientists to create the model of the reptile with a head ending in a suddenly flaring mouth, like the face of a hammerhead shark or a fleshy harmonica.
  • ( Atopodentatus unicus wasn’t a dinosaur – those would arrive a few million years later.)
  • Scientists reconstruct baffling 250-million-year-old aquatic reptile with a strange hammerhead mouth 05/09/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2016 9:03am] Photo reprints | Article reprints

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Not all scientific insights require a $1.1 billion experiment to observe gravity waves, or demand a giant particle collider be buried under Europe. Sometimes all that’s needed are a few bucks worth of modeling clay and toothpicks — and, well, a pair of priceless 250-million-year-old fossils.


Scientists reconstruct baffling 250-million-year-old aquatic reptile with a strange hammerhead mouth | Tampa Bay Times

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