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Seymouria baylorensis is the scientific name for one of the most well known fossils ever found in the Lake Kemp area. It is so named for the town of Seymour and Baylor county, in Texas, by the German scientist, Ferdinand Broilli. The original discovery was made in 1901, consisting of two skulls in rock formations near West Coffee Creek on the Wagoner Ranch. Approximately three foot long, it appears to be half reptile and half amphibian, and lived during the Permian Period, prior to the mass extinction, 250 million years ago. Another fossilized creature well represented in the area is the Dimetrodon, a fierce predator of the period, with a large fin on its back. Also quite abundant are sea creatures, such as Sea Lilies, Sea Snails, and Horn Corals. All of these creatures existed long before the dinosaurs. Perhaps the most fierce predator of the time was the saber toothed Gorgon, the T-Rex of its day! Interest in dinosaurs, mass extinctions, and ancient life from all periods, are welcome here. As is information on paleontologists like Robert Bakker and Peter Ward, and others.
- Jul 19, 2008
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