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Modest insect-munching Madagascar reptile was forerunner to dinosaurs


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Scientists described fossils of a Triassic Period creature, called Kongonaphon kely, measured about 16 inches long and stood 4 inches tall at the hip. It inhabited a floodplain region of what is now southwestern Madagascar about 237 million years ago.Dinosaurs and the flying reptiles called pterosaurs both known for achieving great size had humble beginnings, Madagascar that was a forerunner and close relative of both groups.