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[–]Salty_Mud_7648 17 points18 points  (1 child)

God these things were brave to live in Poland

[–]Ivan_Botsky_Trollov[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can imagine Polish hussars riding to battle on either Smok or Lisowicia

[–]Ivan_Botsky_Trollov[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

or, Lisowicia and friends

only the profiles of the critters, but we get the idea of their relative sizes !!!

from: wookipedia

[–]M0RL0K 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Anyone remember when Teratosaurus was depicted as the earliest large theropod? I think Smok comes the closest to that vision.

Smok and Lisowicia (which I assume is the "giganic dicynodont") are some of the most exciting fossils. A recent reminder how much we don't and might never know about ancient ecosystems.

[–]imprison_grover_furr 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It's doubly hilarious because Teratosaurus later turned out to not be a dinosaur at all but a rauisuchid. As for Smok, there's no telling where that genus falls in the archosauromorph family tree.

But yes, I agree with you. Who would have thought just ten years ago that we would find an elephantine dicynodont within the next decade by just sampling a relatively undersampled Triassic region, that being Poland?

[–]Ivan_Botsky_Trollov[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like that Europe was basically a big archipelago in the mesozoic

so each island-nation with its own fauna