Scientists Find Fossilized Ancestor of All Scaled Reptiles

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Scientists Find Fossilized Ancestor of All Scaled Reptiles

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Amazing what is being discovered but how much is still buried and waiting.
Scientists have bridged a missing link in the reptile tree of life.

That link is the tiny skull of a lizard-like creature "profusely ornamented" with features that suggest it gave rise to all living lizards, snakes, and the sole survivor of another reptile group found only in New Zealand.

Named Taytalura alcoberi, the fossilized skull is pegged as the most primitive scaled reptile discovered to date, the first fossil of its kind unearthed in South America, and the most complete early lepidosaur fossil ever found, according to the international team behind the discovery. ... rds-snakes
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