Scientists Discover Earliest Known Dinosaur Relative

Scientists have announced the discovery a relative of dinosaurs that lived ten million years earlier than the oldest known dinosaurs. Paleontologists say the creature will improve their understanding of prehistoric animals.

The fossils of Asilisaurus kongwe were recovered by paleontologists in a large bone bed in Tanzania in 2003.

The creature, which shared many characteristics of dinosaurs but lacked many key features, lived 240-million years ago in the middle Triassic period before any known dinosaur. The earliest dinosaur fossils date back 230-million years.

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