Meet our weird reptile ancestors: Bizarre 235-million year-old creatures gave rise to mammals
Two new species of cynodonts have been identified after sitting undiscovered in a museum for decades.
The ancient creatures are thought to mark the evolutionary step between reptiles and mammals.
The bizarre specimens feature reptile-like bodies, mammal-like skulls and jaws that are thought to be among the oldest ancestors of mammals.
WHAT ARE CYNODONTS? Cynodonts includes modern mammals (including humans), as well as their ancient ancestors.
The earliest cynodants fossils date back to around 260 million years ago - during the Permian period - predating dinosaurs.
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