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Fossil Reveals Unbelievable Burrowing Lifestyle Of Tiny Dinosaur

The new species is a microsaur — small, lizard-like animals that roamed the Earth well before proper dinosaurs made their appearance.
Microsaurs lived during the Carboniferous period, when the forebears of modern mammals and reptiles, called amniotes, first appeared A finger-sized fossil from 308 million years ago unearthed in the United States gives tantalising clues to the habits of tiny dinosaur-like creatures that may be the forerunners of reptiles, researchers revealed Wednesday.
The new species is a microsaur –small, lizard-like animals that roamed the Earth well before proper dinosaurs made their appearance.
The find sheds fossils important light on the evolution of different animal groups, including amphibians and reptiles, scientists wrote in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

Fossil Reveals Unbelievable Burrowing Lifestyle Of Tiny Dinosaur
Fossil Reveals Unbelievable Burrowing Lifestyle Of Tiny Dinosaur

Microsaurs lived during the Carboniferous period, when the forebears of modern mammals and reptiles, called amniotes, first appeared.

“Many details of that transition aren’t well known,” study co-author Arjan Mann, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, told AFP.

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Fossil Reveals Unbelievable Burrowing Lifestyle Of Tiny Dinosaur
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“Microsaurs have recently become important in understanding the origins of amniotes,” he said. “A lot of these microsaurs have been thought to be either ancestors of amphibians or ancestors of reptiles.”

Encased in a bog in what is today the central United States, the specimen’s serpent-like body measures about five centimetres (two inches).

Fossil Reveals Unbelievable Burrowing Lifestyle Of Tiny Dinosaur

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