Ancient, Lizard-Like Reptile Discovered

A pair of Argentine paleontologists have discovered numerous 90-million-year-old fossils of a new type of sphenodontian–an ancient lizard-like reptile thought to have gone extinct about 120 million years ago except for a few relicts that live today in New Zealand, the tuatara.

The fossils, including several well-preserved skulls, were found in the red sandstone cliffs of the La Buitrera fossil quarry in northwestern Patagonia, about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) east of Buenos Aires.