National Geographic : 1944 Nov
New York's oldest inhabitant ACCORDING to geological records the Phytosaur is one of the first known residents of the New York City area. He lived about two hundred million years ago in what geologists call the Triassic period. A rep tile about twelve feet in length, he had a curious beak-like snout armed with sharp teeth. The Phytosaur was a crawler and a swimmer. In many ways he resembled our modern croco dile. But he differed in two important respects. His nostrils were set back near his eyes instead of at the end of his snout. And the teeth at the tip of his snout were long and curved like nip pers on a pair of tongs. The Phytosaur was equipped in this strange way for a very good reason. With his nostrils so far back, he could float along just under the surface of the water with just the top of his head protruding, and thus sneak up on his unsuspecting prey. As the Phytosaur illustrates, nature's creatures were fitted to the particular conditions under which they had to live. But few of the earth's inhabitants have ever been able to protect themselves against the con sequences of a sudden change in environment. Man is an exception. Through insurance, he protects himself and his family against the consequences of sudden changes that might otherwise bring financial disaster. If you should be deprived of your earning power because of injury following an accident, accident insurance will provide an income for you and your family and will pay your medi cal bills while you are away from your job. If a fire or windstorm should damage your property, fire or windstorm insurance will pay for the expensive repairs which must be made. If burglars should break into your house, theft insurance will cover the loss you suffer and the damage which is done. And, of course, life insurance will protect your family if something should happen to you. Consult your local Travelers agent or broker about the forms of protection you need to guar antee the financial safety of your family and yourself. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.