Nearly Perfectly Preserved Fossil Puts This Reptile Back on Land

A new, beautifully preserved specimen of a reptile from the Triassic boots the species out of the water and back onto land.

The fossil in question is a small reptile dating to around 241 million years ago called Esaurosphargis dalsassoi. It was found by researchers from Switzerland in the eastern part of the Swiss Alps, armored plates, frilly spikes and all. It’s only the second fossil of this species ever discovered, and the exquisite detail of the find is helping researchers to better u

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