Credit: Karolina Suchan-Okulska / Science in Poland Scientists have discovered the fossils of a massive "mammalian" reptile that robbed the…
Scientists have discovered the fossils of a massive “mammalian” reptile that robbed the earth 21
0 million years ago, with a weight of 9,000 kg making it the largest four-legged non-dinosaur inhabited.
The fossils also provide a of the most recent examples of a giant herbivore, suggesting that this mammalian father could survive during the era when dinosaurs had become dominant.
Publication in the influential science paper, made by Swedish and Polish palaeontologists, reports that the fossils they excavated belong to an earlier undiscovered species, which they have named Lisowicia bojani (after the Polish village where they were found ).  CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE SUN
Lisowicia bojani belongs to a group of prehistoric animals called dicynodonts, which were plant-eating reptiles that went on four legs and shared many of the characteristics of Their distant ancestors: the mammals living in the earth today (including humans).
Previously, it was thought that the dicynodontic group first occurred 252 million years ago and began to die in Late Triassic (about 220 million years ago) when dinosaurs began to become the dominant group.
However, the team could date the newly discovered fossils between 210 and 205 million years ago, making it 10 million years younger than previously discovered dicynodontic samples.
Interestingly, the fossils that were upgraded would have belonged to an animal weighing about 9,000 kg, 4.5 meters long and 2.5 meters long.
Not only is this 40% heavier than ever before found dicynodont, but as Uppsala University’s doctor Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki explains, it puts Lisowicia bojani in the same league as dinosaurs.
“Dicynodonter was amazingly successful l animals in the middle and late triass,” he says.
“Lisowicia is the youngest dicynodont and the largest non-dinosauric terrestrial tetrapod from Triassan. It is natural to want to know how dicynodonts became so big. Lisowicia is hugely exciting because it blows holes in many of our classic ideas of triassic” mammalian
Bojani in Poland reveals for the first time that mammal-like dicynodonies lived while the dinosaurian sauropodomorphic group, which includes Diplodocus and the reptile.
First started in 2005, but just written today. The excavation of Lisowicia bojani in Poland reveals Brachiosaurus species.
And for those who are interested in evolution, the excavation also shows that some characteristic anatomical properties of mammals – as upright limbs – were also present among dicynodons and similar herbivorous reptiles.
It is therefore an important result, one forcing prehistory and palaeontologists to revise their theories of the triumphal period of the earth and the evolution of mammals.
As co-author, Tomasz Sulej draws, “The discovery of such an important new species is a discovery once in a lifetime.”
This story originally appeared in The Sun.