Appalachian State professor finds Triassic-period fossil in the Triangle

Appalachian State professor Andrew Heckert and a team of researchers from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences recently discovered fossils–two partial aetosaur specimens–in the Triangle, which date back 200 million years to the Triassic Period.

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Heckert and his team have focused their research mainly on the Triassic basin, a region that spans from Durham to the east of Charlotte.

In the last 20 years, there have been several fossil discoveries in the Triangle, including protodinosaurs, microfossils and a pre-mammalian jaw.

For more information, read The Daily Tarheel’s story¬†on Eckert.

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