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An Ichthyosaur Found at a Rest Stop

You never know when you might stumble across a prehistoric creature. Earlier this month Australian news services picked up the story of a "grey nomad," as retirees who travel the country extensively are known, who found fossils of an ichthyosaur when he stopped to use the toilet in northwest Queens...

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A mural of an ichthyosaur. From Flickr user AlishaV.


You never know when you might stumble across a prehistoric creature. Earlier this month Australian news services picked up the story of a "grey nomad," as retirees who travel the country extensively are known, who found fossils of an ichthyosaur when he stopped to use the toilet in northwest Queensland. Details about just how he found the fossils are unclear, but excavation of the site is set to begin soon. The skeleton of the aquatic reptile, which was not a dinosaur, will eventually go on display at the Kronosaurus Korner museum.
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Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. He writes regularly for National Geographic's Phenomena blog as Laelaps.

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