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New Detailed Investigation Into Creatures That Ruled the Earth Before Dinosaurs

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When it comes to prehistoric animals, we may tend to only think of the dinosaurs.

Historically speaking, however, dinosaurs only walked this Earth for about 135 million years, a relatively short time in terms of the planet’s formation.

With more research and fossil findings, however, scientists continue to shed light on the creatures that roamed the Earth long before the dinosaurs. While some species alive today – such as sharks, bees, and cockroaches – were around at the same time as the dinosaurs, new research from the University of Bristol is teaching us about the dinos’ earlier ancestors: pareiasaurs.

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Do you agree with their classification as the “ugliest fossil reptiles”?

When it comes to prehistoric animals, we may tend to only think of the dinosaurs.

Historically speaking, however, dinosaurs only walked this Earth for about 135 million years, a relatively short time in terms of the planet’s formation.

With more research and fossil findings, however, scientists continue to shed light on the creatures that roamed the Earth long before the dinosaurs. While some species alive today – such as sharks, bees, and cockroaches – were around at the same time as the dinosaurs, new research from the University of Bristol is teaching us about the dinos’ earlier ancestors: pareiasaurs.

Though they walked the supercontinent of Pangea long before the dinosaurs, remnants of pareiasaurs have only been found in South Africa, South America, parts of Eurasia, and also in China.

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The presence of their fossils on various continents, specifically the findings that these fossils share many similarities, indicate that pareiasaurs likely traveled around freely despite their large size and slow speed.

In a recently-published study, Professor Mike Benton of the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences states “It seems clear there were three species and these lived over a span of one to two million years.”

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In comparing the fossil findings from China to those in Russia and South Africa, Benton said with conviction that, while the species had some physical differences, they were closely related to each other.

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