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Tuatara 'lizard' genome sequence is 'half-mammal, half-reptile' | Daily Mail Online

Scientists from the University of Adelaide and South Australian Museum worked with Otago University, New Zealand to study the rare tuatara and its genetic makeup.

The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Tuatara (or, Just the Tuatara of Us) | WIRED

The tuatara may look like a rather ordinary reptile, but it’s a highly unusual creature. This New Zealand native has a unique, ancient lineage that goes back to the time of the dinosaurs. There are two living species of tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus and the much rarer Sphenodon guntheri, or Brothers Island tuatara, which is found […]

They look like lizards, but are actually part of an order called Sphenodontia. Only two species of tuatara exist today and resemble ancestors that thrived 200 million years ago. There are tuataras alive today that are well over 100 years old, and some experts believe they could live to be > 200 years old under the right conditions. They are endangered, and can be found only on islands off the coast of New Zealand.

Many living fossils still alive today have bizarre, eccentric traits that make them seem more like aliens than anything from this world.

Tuatara

The tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) is often referred to as a living fossil. The species is virtually indistinguishable from its 200-million-year-old ancestors. Living fossils are an enigma to evolutionists. Over millions of years environments have changed dramatically, yet species like ...

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Tuatara – A dinoszauruszok fennmaradt kortársa

A Szent István Egyetem 1. évfolyamos biológus (BSc) hallgatói tudományos ismeretterjesztő írás elk�...

Henry, a 120-year-old-plus tuatara

Henry, a 120-year-old-plus tuatara

Some vipers, pythons and boas have a special organ just under their nostrils that makes them better hunters.  What is this organ used to detect?Various snakes have pits or channels on their faces filled with thermoreceptors enabling them to have "heat sensing" capabilities. They can detect thermal radiation of prey as well as predators. -- Answer: Thermal radiation (heat) -- #Science

Some vipers, pythons and boas have a special organ just under their nostrils that makes them better hunters. What is this organ used to detect?Various snakes have pits or channels on their faces filled with thermoreceptors enabling them to have "heat sensing" capabilities. They can detect thermal radiation of prey as well as predators. -- Answer: Thermal radiation (heat) -- #Science

Henry, a tuatara, a New Zealand reptile with reptile, bird, and even some  mammalian characteristics | Twitter

“Look at this cutie. At 111 years of age, Henry is still doing it with the lady tuataras. https://t.co/Elgr8Nn7fL”