According to recent paleontological findings, seventeen million years ago, Jesus walked on water in Wyoming and was a lizard. We do not know whether this ancient era miracle-worker actually preached any sermons or passed on any knowledge. Yet, he definitely deserves further study.
What we do know, is that the lizard was not someone you would want to mess with. The findings show that it was about two feet long and had a look that would terrify even the mightiest prey: with a bone ridge on the skull, razor sharp teeth, and very large cheekbones.
It used to eat snakes, fish, insects, and even other insects – so this Jesus that lived before Jesus was cool, clearly did not care for fasting.
The fossil of this new species was found in what is now the Lucky Lizard Locality in Wyoming. In the olden days of Jesus lizard, the climate of the region resembled what we now call tropical climate. There, the lizard probably jumped gaily over overgrown ponds full of algae and, researchers say, it probably spent most of its time in trees. That’s to the disappointment of those who wanted to witness the miracle.
The medium sized funny looking creature was given the name Babibasilicus alxi. No, babi does not come from baby. Jack Conrad, an author from the American Museum of National History clarifies that babi is a Native American word used by the Shoshone tribe with the designated meaning of “cousin.” The Shoshones inhabited the exact zone in which the fossil was found, and therefore, Conrad explains, it was named in their honor.
The animal has distant relatives that exist today, and that is why it was named accordingly. Modern day Jesus lizards include chameleons and iguanas. These species, along with other relatives of the Babibasilicus live in regions extending from the center of Mexico, to the northern part of Columbia, nowadays preferring equatorial climate.
The locations in which these types of fossils are found, along with the exact spread of current relatives, help scientists put together pieces of the grand puzzle that is called global warming. The researchers can look at migrating patterns of the different species paleontologists find, and see how modern day descendent were affected by climate change.
Using this newfound information, Conrad says that we may gain better understanding of what to expect from Earth in the future.
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