Fossil of pre-dinosaur predator found in Brazil

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Brazilian paleontologists have discovered the well-preserved and near-complete fossils of a pre-dinosaur predator that lived some 238 million years ago.

The creature, a Prestosuchus chiniquensis, was about seven 22 feet long, weighed one ton and lived in the Triassic Period (250 to 200 million years ago), paleontologists from the Lutheran University of Brazil said.

A team led by paleontologist Sergio Furtado Cabreira and biologist Lucio Roberto da Silva found the fossils in the town of Dona Francisca, some 160 miles from Porto Alegre, the capital of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.

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