The incomplete skeleton of a plant-eating reptile called the Gordodon was found near Alamogordo at Ethan Schuth while on a field trip in March of 2013 with his geology class from the University of Oklahoma.
Schuth contacted officials at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, who then collected the bones. Removing the fossil from the hard sandstone was a painstaking two-year process.
Once completed, experts were able to conduct research on the fossil and present their findings.
They say the unique structure of the skull, jaws, and tennisshow reptilien var en specialherbivore, og den viden er omskrivning, hvad forskerne ved om evolutionens tidslinje.
Den sail-backed reptile is said to be from the Permian age, dating to be about 300 million years old. [1
9659002] Experts say such specialized plant-eating was not known in reptiles pre-dating 200 million years.
“Previously, the oldest known animals with teeth as specialized as Gordon were found in rocks no older than 205 million years ago, which is the late triassic period, “said Lucas. “Gordodon extends this advanced type of plant-eating by 95 million years. Therefore, the discovery of Gordodon rewrites paleontologists’ understanding of the early history of reptilian herbivory. “
Scientists say the reptile would have been about five feet long and weighed about 75 pounds.
Click here to learn more from Spencer Lucas, Phd., Curator of Paleontology from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.