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The lizardlike eosuchians are thought to be close to the ancestry of the later, advanced diapsid reptiles, many of which survive today in the form of snakes and lizards. Eosuchians first appeared in Late Permian times, and continued until the middle of the Triassic. They are grouped into five families, Tangasauridae, Bolosauridae, Heleosauridae, Millerosauridea and Pachystropheidea, all of whose members were apparently confined to southern and eastern Africa and Madagascar.

Author: Koen Stein
Last updated: 21/11/2005
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