Wall lizards and mosasaur discovery


This video says about itself:

This is the first episode of the online video series from The Herparazzi.

Follow the Herparazzi team as they explore De Hoge Fronten, a collection of battlements that were built in the 17th and 18th century for the defense and protection of Maastricht, The Netherlands.

There, they found the last remaining and most northern natural population of wall lizards (Podarcis muralis) in The Netherlands.

The video also has information on prehistoric mosasaur lizards.

Wall lizard photo: here.

From the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada:

March 12, 2012 11:11 am

Mosasaur fossil found in Korite Mine

Drumheller… The 75-million-year-old fossil of a mosasaur, (MO-sa-sore) an extinct, flipper-bearing prehistoric marine reptile, was discovered at the Korite Mine near Lethbridge on February 16, 2012. Staff from the Royal Tyrrell Museum, led by palaeontologist Dr. Donald Henderson, are currently at the mine working on removal of the fossil.

Originally it was thought that only the tail was present, but further investigation has revealed a full specimen, six to seven metres long, as well as a well-preserved skull, 60 to 70 cm long, with an impressive set of teeth. The discovery is significant as it is one of the most completely preserved mosasaur fossils discovered in Alberta.

The Korite Mine produces ammolite, a rare and valuable opal-like organic gemstone popular in jewelry. Ammolite is formed from fossilized, shell-bearing sea creatures called ammonites, which lived among the mosasaurs and other marine reptiles in the Bearpaw Sea that covered Alberta 75-73 million years ago.

In May of this year, the Museum’s new exhibit, “Alberta’s Last Sea Dragon – Solving an Ancient Puzzle” will feature a new species of elasmosaur, (ell-AZ-mo-sore) also found at the Korite Mine, in 2007. “It’s been almost five years since we’ve found a marine reptile at the Korite Mine,” says Andrew Neuman, Executive Director of the Royal Tyrrell Museum. “The Korite Mine and the Museum maintain a very positive relationship, which has led to the recovery of a number of significant fossils.”

It is expected that it will take five days to remove the fossil and ready it for transport to the Royal Tyrrell Museum for further study and research.

Operated by Alberta Culture and Community Services, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is located six kilometres northwest of Drumheller and is Canada’s only institution devoted exclusively to the science of palaeontology.

Restoration of an important biodiversity area: La Montagne Saint-Pierre (Belgium, near Maastricht): here.

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