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This ancient dinosaur relative looks surprisingly like a crocodile

Another lizard-esque carnivore to love
dinosaur like lizard with long neck and tail

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales

Teleocrater rhadinus

With advanced tech like laser scans that can peer deep into fossils—along with old-school methods like painstaking excavations of ancient bones—we’re learning more about dinosaurs every day.

But what about the animals that came just before dinosaurs? A study published in Nature on Wednesday sheds some light on an intriguing, lizardy carnivore a few rungs removed from dinosaurs on the evolutionary family tree.

Paleontologists thought

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