Photograph of Permian vertebrate skeleton. The fossil is about 20 cm (7.9 inches) long.
In summer 2016, Ron Fields (Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, integrated resource specialist) and Emily Thorpe (GIP intern) discovered an articulated skeleton of a Permian reptile, in two counterparts (see Thorpe 2017). The fossil consists of hind limb bones (some broken), posterior vertebrae, and hand and finger bones. This is the first vertebrate fossil to be discovered in the Yeso Group, specifically the Arroyo
de Alamillo Formation.
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NPS photograph by Emily Thorpe (cover image of Thorpe et al. 2017)
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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Code: SAPU
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico Latitude: 34.2599182128906, Longitude: -106.092796325684