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News Brief: “Jurassic Park” may be all the rage this summer, but a research team led by the University of Washington’s Christian Sidor is kicking it up a notch with a batch of 13 studies focusing on fossils from the Triassic period (252 million to 199 million years ago), which came just before the Jurassic. The studies, published in a special issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, feature findings that Sidor and other paleontologists have made in Tanzania and Zambia over the past decade. Highlights include the discovery of a previously unknown species belonging to a family of lizardlike reptiles known as procolophonids. For more, check out the UW news release and a report on Discover magazine’s website.

Triassic scene
An artist’s conception shows Teleocrater, an early dinosaur relative, feeding on a Cynognathus carcass while hippo-like dicynodonts look on. All of these creatures lived in Tanzania during the mid-Triassic period, about 240 million years ago. (Mark Witton / Natural History Museum, London),
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