Archaeologists have uncovered a fossilized skeleton of a small ancient reptile that is long gone, but one direct relative still thrives in New Zealand.
Alligator attacks are highly unusual for the area, according to locals.
Three suspects, all in their 20's, were carrying hundreds of reptiles, including rare ones, and turtles in their luggage.
Reptiles evolved at an alarming rate to suit themselves to changes in climate, Harvard study finds
Fossils discovered in Morocco indicate that the ancient marine reptiles were adapted to freshwater conditions and may have spent their entire lives there.
50% of all turtle and crocodile species face the threat of extinction. The new assessment will enable researchers to understand the conservation needs of threatened species.
The new specimen of ancient flying reptile, or pterosaur, measured around 30 feet (9 meters) long and lived 86 million years ago alongside dinosaurs.
Although the Squamata is the largest order of reptiles, made up of over 10,000 different species, their evolutionary origins are not yet well understood.
Although reptiles benefit from generalized conservation efforts, targeted measures are urgently needed to protect some of the most threatened species