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