Although they share their name with a Eurasian nation-state, turkeys are thoroughly American birds. Turkeys are large, flamboyent members of an American lineage of gamebirds that also includes grouse and ptarmigans.
A strange reptile called Triopticus primus increases the known diversity of reptiles from the dawn of the Age of Dinosaurs and helps scientists understand the repeated evolution of body types across the Mesozoic.
Two species of early mammals show transitional features of the teeth and jaw bones that came to define living mammals. Both fossils help further our understanding of members of the mammalian lineage in the Late Triassic.