An animal that lived earlier than the dinosaurs appeared like a rotund lizard with a really small head and had a hippo-like semiaquatic way of life, in line with fossils that have been just lately excavated in France. 

The amphibious animal, which represents a beforehand unknown genus and species of mammal ancestor, measured about 12 toes (4 meters) lengthy, researchers reported within the October concern of the journal Palaeo Vertebrata, printed on-line in July. They dubbed the brand new species Lalieudorhynchus gandi; it lived about 265 million years in the past on the Pangaea supercontinent, simply earlier than the period of the dinosaurs. 

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