Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology discovered a new archosauromorpha species with a slender and long neck dating back more than 200 million years ago when studying the fossils collected in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. The species, named Gracilicollum latens, is a marine reptile that feeds on fish.
Archosauromorpha is a clade of diapsid reptiles containing all reptiles more closely related to archosaurs (such as crocodilians and dinosaurs, including birds) rather than Lepidosauria (such as tuataras, lizards, and snakes). Archosauromorphs first appeared during the late Middle Permian or Late Permian, and they became much more common and diverse during the Triassic period. #cgtn #cgtnnews #fossil #reptile
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