The new reptile Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi
At Piz da Peres in the Braies Dolomites, Michael Wachtler discovered a fossil skeleton of a babysaur called Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi. The terrestrian reptile lived about 242 million years ago and was probably washed into the sea by his carelessness and was quickly covered by mud. After Megachirella wachtleri, the ancestor of snakes and lizards, another reptile Wachtlerosaurus, it is another land creature discovered by Michael Wachtler in Dolomites. “The discovery was one of the extraordinary coincidences of life”, says Michael Wachtler, “it lay free in the debris, with the remains of the skeletons on top. If I had walked here a few days later, it would have been buried by debris again.” The name is reminiscent of dinosaurs, while “sphargis” stands for turtle. So as the name suggests, an important missing link.
The Dolomites – World heritage
Since 2009, the Dolomites form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the geological features chosen to convince UNESCO officials of their geological uniqueness, such as the original fern Gordonopteris or the ancestor of snakes and lizards, Megachirella wachtleri, come from the collection of the DoloMythos Museum in San Candido.