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12 Mar 2012

The First Crocodile - Erpotesuchus

Somewhat confusingly, the archosaurs ("ruling lizards") of the early Triassic period evolved into three distinct kinds of reptiles: dinosaurs, pterosaurs and crocodiles. That helps explain why Erpetosuchus, the "crawling crocodile," didn't look all that different from its near-contemporary Eoraptor, the first identified dinosaur. Just like Eoraptor, Erpetosuchus walked on two legs, and except for its elongated snout it looked more like a plain-vanilla reptile than a creature whose descendants would one day include the fearsome Sarcosuchus and Deinosuchus.

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