A species of reptile that lived in the Triassic between about 242 million years ago, named Tanystropheus with a really long neck, has puzzled scientists since a fossil was discovered in 1852. However, recently In a new study, scientists have revealed some absolutely amazing facts surrounding animals. This news quickly spread on social networks, and since then has created a fairly large buzz on the internet.
“For those interested in Triassic reptiles, it is not just a fossil,” said Olivier Rieppel, a paleontologist at the Field Museum in Chicago and one of the authors of the study. iconic but also an issue of controversy and discussion.
Tanystropheus illustrations shared on Twitter. (Twitter / Field Museum (Emma Finley-Jacob))
The Field Museum also took to Twitter to share a topic detailing various interesting events discovered about reptiles and a link to a CNN report. “Since 1852, scientists have been puzzled by the Tanystropheus, an animal that lived 242 million years ago. The long, hollow bones show it to be a flying reptile, like a pterodactyl. In fact, these are ancient bones, ”they tweeted and shared an illustration of the reptile.
They also tweeted that these large-necked animals were not on land but underwater.
The Tanystropheus is a 20 foot long reptile with a 10 foot long neck. But scientists still do not know whether it grazed the ground or swam across the water. 🤔
Would you like to have a neck or legs that are twice as long as your body?
– Field Museum (@FieldMuseum) August 7, 2020
According to CNN, this species used to live in the Monte San Giorgio basin of Switzerland during the Middle Triassic. They also have an unusually long neck about 10 feet long, half of their entire body 20 feet long.
Tanystropheus has always intrigued scientists. Now, using computerized tomography (CT) technology, scientists have digitally recreated the crushed skulls of the fossils, thereby providing them with new information.
People shared various comments on social media platforms, especially Twitter.
Tanystropheus wants you to know you can do it! pic.twitter.com/uSPa0CvDCE
– Joe Montibello (@firstweet) August 6, 2020
Tanystropheus has been one of my favorites since I was really young, and I’m happy to see that long little guy on my feed today. I was falling asleep so I didn’t read the new research until morning. Tho lol
– Marie @ COMMISSIONS OPEN #bIm (@SlushieCafe) August 8, 2020
I’ve never heard of this boy before but I fell in love with his long long neck. This boy hugged his neck!
– Abby (@Maebold) August 8, 2020
I only learned about tanystropheus for the first time, thanks to the science alert emails I received, and all of this makes a giraffe look short.
– Amanda Morris 🌵 (@AmandaMoMorris) August 7, 2020
The best news today is Tanystropheus MY FRIENDS is getting love on Twitter ❤❤
– Three Hares (@threehares) August 8, 2020
What’s your point of view?