sphenosuchian

Fissure Islands and Sphenosuchid, Triassic England, Doug Henderson, 2003

Once, Wales sat at the latitude of the Sahara, but instead of a desert, those coordinates were flooded by an ichthyosaur-laden sea. Even in the Triassic, Britain was islands. Gracile crocodiles scampered along its sea-sprayed rocks and danced inside early conifer forests. They were lithe things made of mostly legs—reptiles that had become greyhounds, sphenosuchian-salukis who tiptoed on their hindquarters, among the first to earn the title biped.

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I was blessed this week with the opportunity to do my first piece for a national newspaper, USA Today! It’s a brand new species of pterosaur discovered by Dr. Brooks Britt and colleagues. The article can be found at: Link

*Background is public domain photo from NASA Mars Rover testing