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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Titanoboa Speculation

A researcher thinks the fossil giant snake could have kept itself warm even in a cooler climate than originally speculated. (News source.)

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Croc with Armor

A very strange fossil crocodilian has been discovered in Brazil, with armadillo-like body armor. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fossil Tusked Croc

A "boar-croc" has been discovered in the Sahara, as yet undescribed officially.

"Boar-croc doesn't fit in any known order. It has a crocodile-like snout, but adds horns and three sets of canine teeth like those of a wild pig adapted for eating meat." (
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Big, Big Snake

Details on Titanoboa, a huge fossil snake from South America, here.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fossil Arctic Turtle

A freshwater turtle fossil has been found in the Arctic. (News source.)

And, there's a debate over the origin of the turtle shell in Nature.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Strange Fossil Amphibian

An armored amphibian was able to gape by lifting the top of its head, unlike most vertebrates today. (News source.)

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Strange Snake Stories

A live 4 1/2 foot albino corn snake ended up in a Washington waste water plant. (News source.)

A goat thief in Malaysia turned out to be a 6-meter long python. (News source.)

It's time for the annual Rattlesnake Festival in Pasco County, Texas. (News source.)

Controversy in Illinois: did a man see a massasauga or a fox snake? (News source.)

Has the largest fossil snake been found? Estimates of a South American fossil are up to 12.8 meters. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Odd Fossil

A fossil reptile, Typthorax, was discovered with unusual spikes covering its vent. (News source.)


Thursday, September 11, 2008


A 15-foot salamander-like amphibian fossil has been discovered in the Antarctic. (News source.)

Research into fossil crocodilian-like crurotarsans shows they were diverse and abundant. (Eurekalert)


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fossil Snake (For Sale)

A nice looking replica of a fossil snake found in Wyoming was donated to Fossil Butte National Monument, and the original, discovered last year, is apparently still for sale. (No price given, but I'm sure it's much, much more than I paid for my Stylemus shell. If you're going to collect fossil reptiles, turtles are the place to start...) (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Turtle News

A fossil turtle was found to be pregnant... (News source.)

Bermuda is issuing a coin with a Hawksbill turtle on it. (News source.)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fossil Gecko

A gecko in amber shows the lamellae, or sticky toe-hairs, found in many modern geckos. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fossil Croc

Another giant species of fossil gavial-like crocodilian has been discovered in South America. (News source.)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Giant Pliosaur

A fossil pliosaur discovered in 2006 has been confirmed as the largest marine reptile ever, with an estimated length of 50 feet. (News source.)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Big Fossil Frog

A 9-lb relative of today's horned frogs was found fossilized in Madagascar. With a 16-inch body size, it was far larger than modern species, found in South America. (News source.)

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Kin to Crocs

Brazilian paleontologists have described a new 5 1/2 foot terrestrial crocodilian in the fossil record. "The long-limbed and extremely agile animal, dubbed Montealtosuchus arrudacamposi, roamed arid and hot terrain that is now Brazilian countryside." (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Reptile Fossils from Blue Hole

Excavations in a Bahamian blue hole (a water-filled sinkhole) have come up with fossils of a terrestrial crocodilian, a large tortoise, and several other creatures that became extinct after the islands became inhabited. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fossil Snake

A fossil snake was found in India in association with sauropod eggs and hatchlings, possibly indicating predation. (News source.)

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

UK Croc Fossil

A large crocodilian fossil skull was found in Dorset along the coast. (News source.)

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Big Croc Fossil

Utah paleontologists have uncovered remains of a fossil crocodilian estimated at 30 feet in length. It is a new species, possibly a new genus. (News source.)

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