Triassic fossils get their day in the sun

Triassic creatures
An artist’s conception shows Teleocrater, an early dinosaur relative, feeding on a Cynognathus carcass while hippo-like dicynodonts look on. All of these creatures lived in Tanzania during the mid-Triassic period, about 240 million years ago. (Mark Witton / Natural History Museum, London),

“Jurassic Park” may be all the rage this summer, but a research team led by the University of Washington’s Christian Sidor is kicking it up a notch with a batch of 13 studies focusing on fossils from the Triassic period (252 million to 199 million years ago), which came just before the Jurassic.

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By Alan Boyle

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