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First Upright Vertebrate Lived Fast, Died Young

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 917
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.917a

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A new fossil discovery shows that at least one reptile was dashing around on two legs in the Early Permian, as much as 80 million years before the first dinosaur. On page 969, researchers describe Eudibamus cursoris, a 25-centimeter-long herbivore that is the earliest known vertebrate able to run on its hindlimbs.