The Gordodon had a great sail on her back. (Supplied: Museum & # 39; Natural History & # 39; New Mexico, Matt Celeskey)
The ruins & # 39; & # 39 of reptiles; 300 million people have been found in the United States, and referred "evolutionary known" calendar, says the Museum & # 39; Natural History & # 39; New Mexico.
- The skeleton belongs to specialists & # 39; new species named Gordodon KRAINER
- Gordodon is derived from the Spanish word Gordo, or fat, and the Greek word Odon, or tooth
- It was about 1.5 meters long and weighed about 34 kilograms
The museum made the announcement this week, said the unique structure of the skull, jaws and reptile teeth indicate that it was herbs, and the specialized plant layout was not known previously in reptiles of & # 39; about 200 million years.
The bones were part of a "skeleton exquisitely Preserved but not complete", said the museum in & # 39; statement.
"The skeleton is that of & # 39; eupykosaur is supported by sail, group & # 39; animals had great success during the Permian [Period], "Said the museum.
"Eupelycosaurs include the ancestors of mammals, and this new skeleton is more closely related to dinosaurs than us."
The name of the new dinosaur honors Austrian geologu. (Supplied: Museum & # 39; History and Natural Science & # 39; New Mexico)
The curator of Paleontology Spencer Lucas and his team from the museum determined that the bones were about 300 million years, namely reptiles lived during the early part of the Permian period, or more than 50 million years before Origin of dinosaurs.
Dr. Lucas and associated research Celeskey Matt identified the skeleton as belonging to a new genus and species mentioned to Gordodon KRAINER.
Dr. Lucas was part of the team at the museum who was working on the fossil. (Supplied: Museum & # 39; History and Natural Science & # 39; New Mexico)
Gordodon is derived from the Spanish word Gordo (fat), and the Greek word Odon (teeth), because the species had large teeth observed at the edges of her jaw.
The name & # 39; the species KRAINER honors Karl KRAINER, Austrian geologu contributing to knowledge of the Permian period in New Mexico.
"Gordodon again & # 39; write books by pushing our knowledge about the evolution of & # 39; such specialized erbivory this b & # 39; about 100 million years", said Dr. Lucas.
Gordodon was & # 39; about 1.5 meters tall and measure estimate & # 39; 34 kilograms.
The Gordodon shares some features with & # 39; Modern goats and deer. (Supplied: Museum & # 39; New Mexico Natural History and Science)
It was believed that it was selective feeder on plants with & # 39; many nutrients due to advanced structure of the skull, jaws and teeth.
Experts at the museum said other early herbivorous reptiles were not selective, copying any plants found.
They said that Gordodon had some of the same specialties found in & # 39; modern animals such as goats and deer.
The fossil bones were discovered near Alamogordo south & # 39; New Mexico, by Ethan Schuth taking a trip of geology class field of University & # 39; Oklahoma in 2013.
The crews of the place came about a year to collect the bones from the site and spent more time by taking the hard texture around the fossils so you & # 39; occur research.
Details of the discovery were published in the edition of & # 39; November & # 39; Palaeontologia Electronica.
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