Ne-Yo marries Crystal Renay

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Grammy Award-winning singer Ne-Yo and fiancée Crystal Renay married in front of family and friends at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles.

“We can’t wait to start our life together,” Ne-Yo, 36, told after walking down the aisle on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to just being each others’ best friend.”

The couple began dating shortly after meeting for a possible collaboration for his 2015 album “Non-Fiction”, and the Grammy winner knew even then they had a connection, which led to his popping the question last summer.

“I kind of knew right away. From that first encounter, I knew there was something different about her, something special,” he said.

The couple’s big day comes just before they will welcome their first child together. Ne-Yo is already father to Madilyn Grace, 5, and son Mason Evan, 4, from a previous relationship.

And the expectant bride took her growing belly into consideration as she got her gown.

“When I went to my first fitting, I had actually just found out the day before that I was pregnant, so from the beginning of the whole dress process, we knew that it would be a growing belly,” said Renay.

The ‘ugliest fossil reptiles’ once roamed in China

A detailed investigation of all Chinese specimens of Pareiasaurs — the “ugliest fossil reptiles” — shows that there are similarities between Chinese fossils and those found in other parts of the world.

Pareiasaurs have been reported from South Africa, Europe (Russia, Scotland, Germany), Asia (China), and South America, but it is not known whether there were distinct groups on each of these continents.

In a new study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, professor Mike Benton of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences said the similarities indicated that the huge herbivores were able to travel around the world despite their lumbering movement.

“Up to now, six species of pareiasaurs had been described from China, mainly from Permian rocks along the banks of the Yellow River between Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces,” Professor Benton said.

“I was able to study all of these specimens in museums in Beijing, and then visit the original localities. It seems clear there were three species and these lived over a span of one to two million years,” he added.

Pareiasaurs were hefty animals, two to three metres long, with massive, barrel-shaped bodies, short, stocky arms and legs, and tiny head with small teeth. Their faces and bodies were covered with bony knobs.

They lived in damp, lowland areas, feeding on huge amounts of low-nutrition vegetation.

The new study confirms that the three Chinese pareiasaur species differed from each other in body size and in the shapes of their teeth.

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