Rare “Scaly dog” fossil found on Scottish island

by Luke Higgins

A RARE prehistoric fossil found on Scottish island could significantly advance scientists understanding of the area.

The 170 million year old jawbone from a dog-sized crocodile-like creature is one of the only found anywhere in the world.

The small fossil, measuring just over 3.5cm in length, was discovered on the Isle of Skye almost 30 years ago, but recent scans of the rock containing the bone unlocked its secrets.

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