Another animal unique to New Zealand, the Tuatara are a reptilian species that date back 200 million years. While the rest of their Sphenodontia cousins died out around 60 million years ago, the Tuatara held on, and are regarding as Living Fossils.
I used to visit the Southland Museum as a kid, and spend ages visiting Henry, the oldest tuatara in their Tuataraium. Henry's 118 years old now, roughly middle-aged for a Tuatara and still breeding. (Lucky fellow! :) ) Visiting him again was a total thrill - it's fair to say visiting a Living Fossil as a child helped instill an enduring love of science and nature.
Southland Museum, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
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