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Friday, May 14, 2010

Pre-dinosaur predator unearthed by Brazilian palaeontologists...

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Pre-dinosaur predator unearthed...

Brazilian palaeontologists have discovered the world's most complete fossil of a pre-dinosaur predator.



The creature, called prestosuchus chiniquensis, is nearly seven metres in length and would have weighed more than 400kg.



It roamed the earth approximately 238 million years ago and belonged to a family of reptiles called thecodonts.



It had a large, deep skull, serrated teeth and a long tail.



The fossil was found by a team from the Lutheran University of Brazil, about 250km from Porto Algere.


Pre-dinosaur predator discovered Dinopolis (news.bbc.co.uk)


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