fossils in Arizona
Paleontologist Rodrigo Temp Muller examines a dinosaur fossil from the Triassic period at CAPPA, a Brazilian research support centre for paleontology in Sao Joao do Polesine, Brazil, on December 2, 2019. - In 2014, the paleontology team at CAPPA announced the discovery of one of the worlds most complete fossils of the Gnathovorax Cabreirai, a 230-million-year-old carnivorous dinosaur, one of the oldest predators. Since floods and other natural disasters occurred millions of years ago buried and preserved the fossils, more important Triassic fossils could be discovered in the centre of Rio Grande do Sul state. (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP) (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

fossils in Arizona: All around the world, people have been fascinated by dinosaurs. And fossils are the only link between dinosaurs and mankind. So, imagine everyone’s surprise when they hear that a new dinosaur has been found. A team of researchers has discovered a new dinosaur. These are fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile that inhibited in the large petrified wood of eastern Arizona.

The Petrified Forest National Park is located outside Holbrook. It is considered as one of the most refined places to study plants and animals from that time period. This time period is also known as the dawning age of dinosaurs.

About the Dinosaur: fossils in Arizona

fossils in Arizona
fossils in Arizona

Skybalonyx Skapter is the name of the new species. This dinosuar is a part of a group known as Drepanosaurs. This group is from the Triassic Period i.e. about 220 million years ago.

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As per the researchers, these ancient reptiles are strange because of morphologies. They have bird-like beaks, enlarged second claws and tails with claws. They clearly looked like a cross between a chameleon and an anteater. The researchers have also revealed that the new species could be even stranger. As these species have claws that allow these reptiles to burrow and rather than climb into and live in trees. It has been seen that these reptiles lived more like a rat or a mole or a mole-rat.

These ancient fossils were discovered by a team of researchers from various places. They are Arizona State University, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the University of Washington, park, Virginia Tech and Idaho State University. these researchers had published their findings a little earlier of this month. They submitted it to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. the team of researchers had found the fossils in the summer of 2019 and 18. All this was achieved only by using the screen washing technique.