Thursday, March 21, 2013
This was a piece for a young dinosaur scientist friend of mine, and it is with his permission I post it here :) It's amazing how much kids know about current paleontology research. They come into the museum all the time and tell me about new facts and discoveries I've never heard of before.
The animal pictured here is Tanystropheus, a semi-aquatic marine reptile from the Middle Triassic Period. Of his total 20 foot length, 10 feet were neck. He was primarily piscivouros, which is to say, he ate a lot of fish (i guess "fishivore" didn't sound sophisticated enough for zoologists).