Ugliest Fossil Reptiles
The skeleton of Shihtienfenia, a large pareiasaur from the latest Permian of Shanxi Province, China. The skeleton outline is based on close relatives from Russia, and known bones are shaded.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of Bristol
Long before the dinosaurs, hefty herbivores called pareiasaurs ruled Earth. Now, for the first time, a detailed investigation of all Chinese specimens of these creatures — often described as the ‘ugliest fossil reptiles’
— has been published by a University of Bristol, UK palaeontologist.
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