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Excavation yields tantalizing hints of earliest marine reptiles
Stone, R. (2010). Excavation yields tantalizing hints of earliest marine reptiles. Science (Wash.) 330(6008): 1164-1165
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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  • Stone, R.

    The origins of marine reptiles are an enigma. Answers may be entombed at Majiashan quarry, north of Chaohu City in central China's Anhui Province, in a 150-meter-thick outcropping dappled with shades of gray that spans 6 million years of geologic history. In September, paleontologists launched the first systematic excavation at Majiashan. The dig's first fruits—including an ancestor of the plesiosaurs—are already generating a buzz.

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