‘Edward Scissorhands’ creature that lived 230 million years ago discovered in Brazil

‘Edward Scissorhands’ creature that lived 230 million years ago discovered in Brazil


Artist impression of Venetorapter gassenae, which lived round 230 million years in the past.  (Picture credit score: Caio Fantini)

An historic reptile with huge palms and lengthy, sword-like claws has been unearthed in southern Brazil. Its “palms and claws, which look a bit like these of Edward Scissorhands, could have been used to catch prey or climb timber,” Rodrigo Müller, a paleontologist on the Federal College of Santa Maria in Brazil, advised Reside Science. 

Müller and his crew found the reptile’s stays in a rice farm within the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil.