Scientists suspect they were toothless and as big as elephants – a super big cross between a rhino and a turtle. They are Lisowicia bojani a mammal-like reptile that went along with dinosaurs in the Triassic about 200 million years ago.
Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden published a study in the journal Science detailing the creature this week, which has been clustered from about 1000 fossilized bones discovered at a paleontological digging in Poland. It weighs about 1.5 tons, they think, and were about 4.5 meters long.
The discovery of Lisowicia Bojani is important as it changes how scientists think of dicynodonts, herbivores that survived Permian mass eradication believed to have killed more than 96% of marine species and about 70% of earthly life. And while they managed to get through the scratch, the dicynodontics believed to have diminished as the appearance of dinosaurs ̵
1; they please people who recognize today – took place. However, when testing the bones found in Poland, the palaeontologists discovered that the creatures probably ran around the planet about 10 million years later than previously thought.
The name “dicynodont” means “two dog teeth” and it refers to the teeth of the animal resembling dog teeth. These animals also had mouths similar to the beak, much like a turtle.
“The discovery of Lisowicia alters our ideas about the latest story of dicynodontics,” said researcher Tomasz Sulej in a statement. “It also raises many more questions about what really makes them and dinosaurs so big.”
The new study offers an update on an ongoing excavation in southern Poland starting in 2006. The researchers went to this site for a tip, and found fossils within 15 minutes. In just 11 years they have compiled a detailed image of Lisowicia Bojani ].