Category Archives: Reptiles other than dinosaurs

Interesting fossil reptiles that don’t necessarily show any significant evolution.

Giant snake made into magic thermometer

Here’s a beautiful example of “Science” over-reaching. To be specific, a team of researchers jumped from the fossil remains of a really large snake to pronouncing the average temperature when the snake lived must have been a few degrees higher than it is today. Of course, this was based on the longest officially recorded snake, never mind reports suggesting there are or may have more recently been much larger ones. And of course, they also use the usual dating scheme and place it at about 59 million years in the past.
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Bunostegos: Something weird just got more weird

Today I checked out the report on Bunostegos.  The news article that directed me to it is “Knobby-Faced Beast May Be Earliest Known To Stand Tall On All Fours.” This is a fossil that is grouped with other “parareptiles.” The Huffington post article said they were “pre-reptiles,” but actually they are believed by evolutionists to have evolved separately from true reptiles. Most of their “earliest” fossils appear after those of the “first” true reptile fossils. One exceptionally early parareptile fossil is Erpetonyx arsenaultorum.  That was found in Carboniferous deposits.  The parareptiles included a group that once was thought to be the closest to the ancestors of turtles, but the most recently proposed turtle ancestor, Pappochelys,  belongs to a different group.  Of course, the next new fossil could change that view again.
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