Paddle Prints Uncover How Predatory Reptiles Moved During Triassic Period

June 12, 2014 4:06 PM

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Paddle Prints Uncover How Predatory Reptiles Moved During Triassic Period

New paddle prints uncovered in China reveal how predatory reptiles that inhabited the oceans during the age of the dinosaurs used a rowing motion to scoop up their prey.

The newly uncovered tracks are from creatures known as nothosaurs, the top predators of the oceans during the Triassic period, which lasted from 251 million to 199 million years ago. The findings put an end to a long-standing debate about how the ancient sea creatures swam, said study co-author Mich...

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