Reality stranger than fiction

A newly identified fossil lizard has been named after a spell cast in the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling.

The fossil was found in rocks collected for study at Bristol Univerisity and is a type of Gloucester Lizard. The small animal had teeth which were very closely inter-meshed so that when they bit into anything, the teeth of the upper and lower jaws ground against each other and thereby kept a sharp cutting edge.

This reminded the team which made the discovery of the “sectumsempra” spell devised by Professor Snape in the Harry Potter novels – a spell which acts like an invisible sword on your enemies – and they called the lizard Clevosaurus sectumsemper.

For the full story go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-33009107

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