Harry Potter inspires naming of an ancient lizard.
The 11 cm fossil has been named after a spell cast in the Harry Potter books by
Severus Snape, sectumsemper.
This spell was able to cut like an invisible sword,and means ‘always cut’, the lizard being able to self-sharpen its teeth when biting.
The fossil bones of the lizard showed multiple fractures that had healed, suggesting that the lizards were living in a hostile environment being attacked and attacking one another possibly in a battle to get scarce food.
The discovery of the 205-million-year-old Clevosaurus sectumsemper was made by Catherine Klein at the University of Bristol, when she studied a drawer of rocks from Woodleaze Quarry collected in the 1980s.
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