Today’s Video of the Day comes from Yale University and features a look at a newly discovered ancient reptile that lived 200 million years ago in what is now the state of Connecticut.
What is most remarkable about the reptile, named Colobops noviportensis, are its exceptionally large jaw muscles, which would have given it quite a strong bite.
“Colobops would have been a diminutive but plucky little beast, part of a little-known menagerie of small animals that lived among the first dinosaurs,” said Bhart-Anjan Bhullar of Yale University, senior author of the new research. “Its tiny frame hid some big secrets. Despite its lizard-like aspect, it is in fact an early branch-off of the lineage leading to dinosaurs and birds. Also, its little jaws could bite harder than anything else its size. Perhaps that big bite allowed it to feed on tough, armored prey impervious to weaker mouths.”
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: Yale University