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Ancient armor-plated lizard roamed dry land, new fossil reveals

For years scientists have thought Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi, an extinct reptile, used to inhabit oceans some hundreds of millions of years ago. But the discovery of a new, optimally preserved fossil revealed that Eusaurosphargis looked like a lizard and crawled on land, Newsweek reports. A partially complete Eusaurosphargis fossil was found 14 years ago alongside remains of marine animals, leading scientists to believe it was aquatic. At only 20 centimeters (8 inches) long, the newly discovered fossil represents the remains of a juvenile covered in armor plates, whose skeleton does not show any adaptation for swimming, researchers announce today in Scientific Reports.

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