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Indian gharial snout

A 96-million-year-old fossil discovered at Lake Lewisville near Dallas was identified as the prehistoric reptile Terminonaris by paleontologist Thomas L. Adams,


Adams identified the reptile primarily from its long snout, which measures more than 2 feet long and 7 inches wide, or 62 centimeters.


With a snout that long, Adams estimates the head would have been about one meter long. The reptile is a cousin of the modern-day Indian gharial.


See www.smuresearch.com for more information. (Image Credit: Justin Griffiths, Wikimedia Commons)

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Taken on January 3, 2006