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Ancient reptile found at ‘Triassic Park’ named after AZ couple

The Triassic reptile species has been named after Brad and Denise Traver, who’ve supported the paleontology program at Petrified Forest National Park.

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Editor’s Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast.

A brand new dinosaur-like reptile species found in Arizona a number of years in the past has been lately named after the previous superintendent of Petrified Forest National Park.  

Fossils of the “Puercosuchus traverorum” species have been first found by park paleontologists in 2014 within the Blue Mesa space, which is positioned about 30 miles east of Holbrook. 

The fossil components are estimated to be as much as 220 million years previous and their dimension and form point out the species would have seemingly resembled Komodo dragons.

The Triassic reptile species belongs to a gaggle of animals that have been beforehand believed to have solely been found in Madagascar and Morocco, in accordance with the National Park Service.

The species’ title is a reference to the Puerco River, which is positioned close to the place the fossils have been found, in addition to to Brad and Denise Traver, who’ve supplied a lot help to the paleontology program at the park. 

Brad Traver had served as superintendent of Petrified Forest park and beforehand labored at a number of different nationwide parks all through Arizona.

Though the traverorum fossils have been found alongside these of early dinosaurs, the species wouldn’t be categorized as a dinosaur.

According to an article revealed in the Journal of Paleontology, the species is taken into account a member of a late-surviving group of allokotosaurs, reptiles which lived in North America, Europe and Africa in the course of the Middle to Late Triassic durations.

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