Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Harry Potter sectumsempra spell inspires lizard name


4 June 2015 

Measuring just 11cm (4in) from snout to tail, Clevosaurus sectumsemper is the smallest of the clevosaurs or 'Gloucester lizards'

A previously-undiscovered species of ancient lizard has been named after a spell cast in the Harry Potter books.

The 205-million-year-old reptile was discovered in a drawer of fossils at the University of Bristol by student Catherine Klein.

Measuring just 11cm (4in) from snout to tail, Clevosaurus sectumsemper is the smallest of the "Gloucester lizards".

Ms Klein said the name was "a nod" to the sectumsempra curse cast by Severus Snape in Harry Potter.

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