Imagine that you cross a rhinoceros with a kæmpeskildpadde and then enlarges the result.
In that case, you'd maybe reach for something à la Lisowicia bojani, a newly discovered species of therapsider – a group that were the distant ancestors of today's animals and people, and could grow gigantic big.
The writing sciencemag.org according to the Science.dk, where you can also see an artist's conception drawing of how kæmpedyret may have looked like.
Scientists in Poland found the 200 million year old bones that reveal that Lisowicia bojani had a body like a rhinoceros, a beak like a turtle, and weighed nine tons - about the same as an african elephant.
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Then, under the geological triasperiode lived the prehistoric kæmpedyr at the same time, with the earliest dinosaurs.
While the dinosaurs came to dominate the following period, flourished dyregruppen therapsider then enough for both to grow and be the impetus for modern wildlife.
- Who would ever have thought that there lived giant, elefantstore cousins to the mammals side by side with some of the very first dinosaurs? says palæontologen Stephen Brusatte from University of Edinburgh in Scotland to sciencemag.org according to the Science.dk.
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the Fossils that have been found by a research team consisting of Swedish and Polish scientists from the university of Uppsala and the Polish Academy of Sceinces, draw the image of the Lisowicia bojani as a type of dicynodont from the therapsid group.
Dicynodonter were herbivores, and several of them were toothless.
The first fossil from the Lisowice area was found in Poland in 2005. The page is more than 1000 bones and benstykker been found in the area, and the researchers ' bid is that here has been a flodaflejring in triasperioden.
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