Scientists have identified one of the earliest known dinosaur relatives — and it doesn’t look anything like they expected.
Researchers had thought that the oldest dinosaur cousins would look rather like small, two-legged dinosaurs themselves. Instead, Teleocrater rhadinus actually stretched seven to 10 feet long, boasted a long neck and tail, and walked on all fours.
The findings, described in the journal Nature, could force paleontologists to redraw their understanding of dinosaurs’ origins, as well as the nature of the reptiles that came before them.
“This just goes to show that there’s a lot more out there that we just didn’t know, especially the early...