<< In 2014, scientists discovered a bizarre fossil—a crocodile-sized sea-dwelling reptile [Atopodenatus unicus] that lived 242 million years ago in what today is southern China.>>
<< "It's a very strange animal," says Olivier Rieppel, Rowe Family Curator of Evolutionary Biology at The Field Museum in Chicago. "It's got a hammerhead, which is unique, it's the first time we've seen a reptile like this." >>
'Hammerhead' creature was world's first planteating marine reptile. May 6, 2016.
<< The evidence indicates a novel feeding mechanism wherein the chisel-shaped teeth were used to scrape algae off the substrate, and the plant matter that was loosened was filtered from the water column through the more posteriorly positioned tooth mesh. This is the oldest record of herbivory within marine reptiles.>>
Li Chun , Olivier Rieppel , et al. The earliest herbivorous marine reptile and its remarkable jaw apparatus. Science Advances 06 May 2016: Vol. 2, no. 5, e1501659 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501659