Scientists have studied an “exceptionally preserved” second specimen of a lizard named Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi and declared it a land dweller. The original specimen found 14 years ago, was classified as a marine reptile because it had been found buried with marine creatures, reported Science (AAAS) News 30 June 2017 and Scientific Reports doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04514-x, published online 30 June 2017.
The new specimen, found near Davos in Switzerland in the Upper Prosanto Formation, is complete, and has all the features of a land dwelling reptile. Apart from some damage to its head, the fossil is fully articulated, i.e. bones in their normal anatomical positions. The specimen was found in a rock formation dated Middle Triassic and described as “120 m thick sequence of dark limestones, shales and dolomites” which also contains fossils of fishes, other land reptiles, insects and land plants.
Photo of fossil from Torsten M, et.al., Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 4406 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04514-x, Published online: 30 June 2017. Reproduced under Creative Commons Licence CC BY 4.0.
Editorial Comment: Such a mix of multiple land and marine plants and animals is exactly what you would expect from a sudden flood dump! Furthermore, such deposits are the norm rather than the exception. Many dinosaurs are found in beds containing sea shells, and other marine life.
Furthermore, the exceptional preservation of this fossil is further evidence this rock formation was laid down rapidly, not slowly and gradually. So when people around you claim acceptance of Noah’s flood is foolish, ask them about all the flood dumps that really do exist. Better still – come visit our Aussie Creation Museum and see the evidence for yourself.
Evidence News vol. 17, No.13
12 July 2017
Creation Research Australia
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