Tiny ancient reptile named after Thor’s world-ending nemesis

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A long-bodied, sinuous reptile that lived about 310 million years ago has been named for a legendary giant snake in Viking mythology that once battled Thor, the Norse god of thunder.

But while the Vikings‘ mythic “World Serpent,” named Jörmungandr, was large enough to wrap his body around the entire Earth, the ancient reptile Joermungandr bolti (YOR’-mun-gund BOL’-tee) measures just a couple of inches long. 

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