Scientists discover fossil of dinosaur ancestor with surprising croc-like appearance

T. rhadinus" hspace ="4" vspace="2" border="0" align="left"/> Scientists have long wondered what the earliest dinosaur relatives looked like. Most assumed they would resemble miniature dinosaurs, about the size of chickens, and walk on two legs.
The discovery of Teleocrater rhadinus, however, has forced scientists to reassess their ideas. Based on a fossil unearthed in southern Tanzania, these early relatives were carnivorous animals that measured approximately 7-10 feet long, with long necks and tails. Rather than walking on two legs, ... More at
This is an NSF News item.