Lystrosaurus – a survivor on land

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Mammal-like reptile, Lystrosaurus georgi.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Triassic

HOW BIG IT WAS

Lystrosaurus relative size depiction as described below
Lystrosaurus was about 90 cm long.

Some hardy animals survived the mass extinction. Lystrosaurus was a dicynodont, a group of plant-eating, mammal-like reptiles. Lystrosaurus probably lived close to water where surviving vegetation was more abundant after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian. Its simple, unfussy diet and possibly a burrowing habit might have helped it survive the extinction.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

map for lystrosaurus

This fossil of Lystrosaurus georgi was discovered in Russia.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Triassic

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