300m-year-old fossil is early sign of creatures caring for their young

300m-year-old fossil is early sign of creatures caring for their young

by Nicola Davis, The Guardian

Fossil found in Canada suggests pair were curled up together in a den when they died.

Fossil hunters say they have unearthed the earliest evidence yet of four-limbed vertebrates looking after their young, after discovering the entwined remains of two lizard-like creatures preserved in an ancient plant stump.

The fossil found in Nova Scotia, Canada, is thought to be the remains of an adult and young of a newly identified species of varanopid.

“[The adult] probably would have been about 20cm in length from the tip of the snout to the base of its tail, and it would have had a long tail,” said Hillary Maddin, a co-author of the research and an assistant professor at Carleton University in Canada.

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