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Brazilian paleontologists have found the near complete fossil of a fearsome predator that roamed the Earth before the dinosaurs.
The 22ft long creature, called Prestosuchus chiniquensis, lived some 238million years ago. It belonged to a family of reptiles called thecodonts and had a large, deep skull with serrated teeth and a long tail.
Weighing 900lbs, the carnivores romated Earth during the Triassic Period 250 to 205 million years ago. Dinosaurs came to dominate from 230million years ago up to their extinction 65million years ago.
The well-preserved creature was found by a team from the Lutheran University of Brazil, in the town of Dona Francisca 160miles from Porto Alegre.
Originally posted by pablos
reply to post by berenike
On the dimetrodon angle, do we know if it was a synapsid?