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Old 11-28-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default tuataras are living fossils

I caught this article in the NYT science section, and I had not heard of these beasties before.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/sc...=1&ref=science

Apparently they have been around for millions of years, look like iguanas but aren't lizards, have a pineal third eye, some characteristics in common with dinosaurs, a very fast mutation rate, and are generally unique in many ways. Very cool.
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