New fossil named after ‘Lord of the Rings’ character is related to mysterious reptiles

CNN | Apr 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM
  • Cross Earth’s five known mass extinction events, intriguing life has occasionally reappeared and thrived in the wake of disaster.
  • Now, researchers have discovered the fossils of a previously unknown reptile from the Early Triassic Period that did exactly that.
  • A mysterious group from this time period called tanystropheids has long captivated researchers.