Ancient knife-toothed reptile is crocodile cousin

January 26, 2015 2:36 PM

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Ancient knife-toothed reptile is crocodile cousin

The fossil of a prehistoric 9-foot-long carnivorous reptile that had sharp, serrated teeth is helping researchers fill out the early branches of the reptile family tree, according to a new study.

It's unclear where the reptile, Nundasuchus songeaensis, falls on the evolutionary tree, said Sterling Nesbitt, an assistant professor of geology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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