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Discovery Uncovers New Species of Ancient Armored Crocodile Ancestor
Discovery Uncovers New Species of Ancient Armored Crocodile Ancestor

Discovery Uncovers New Species of Ancient Armored Crocodile Ancestor

Texas, US, 21 Mar (ONA) --- Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin unveiled the discovery of a new species of ancient armored crocodile ancestor, shedding light on life 215 million years ago.

Dubbed Garzapelta muelleri, the species belongs to the aetosaurs, akin to modern crocodiles, thriving during the Triassic Period.

The fossils, including a 70% complete dorsal carapace, offer unprecedented insights into the creature's anatomy, resembling a modern crocodile transformed into an armadillo.

Contrary to its carnivorous modern counterparts, Garzapelta was predominantly omnivorous.

Named in homage to its discovery site in Garza County, Texas, and paleontologist Bill Mueller.

Lead researcher William Reyes highlights the significance of Garzapelta in understanding ancient ecosystems, emphasizing its role as a "walking tank" predating ankylosaurian dinosaurs.

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