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Photos: Early Dinosaur Cousin Looked Like a Croc

Fossils abound

early dinosaur cousin

(Image credit: Roger Smith)

Paleontologists Sterling Nesbitt (left) and Christian Sidor (right) excavate the remains of T. rhadinus.

Nighttime work

early dinosaur cousin

(Image credit: Roger Smith)

A paleontologist labels the plaster-wrapped bones of T. rhadinus at nighttime in 2015.

T. rhadinus wasn't the only animal to rise during the Triassic, a period lasting from 252 million to 201 million years ago. Other animals that evolved during this time include dinosaurs, crocodile relatives, mammals, pterosaurs, turtles, frogs and lizards, the researchers said.

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As an associate editor for Live Science, Laura Geggel covers general science, including the environment, archaeology and amazing animals. She has written for The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site covering autism research. Laura grew up in Seattle and studied English literature and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis before completing her graduate degree in science writing at NYU. When not writing, you'll find Laura playing Ultimate Frisbee.