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Paleontologists have excavated the remains of two pareiasaurs near Kirov

Experts from Vyatka Paleontological Museum extracted the remains of two pareiasaurs from the rocks at the Kotelnich site near the city of Kotelnich, Leonid Kavardakov, the head of the Exhibitions Department at the museum, informed. Pareiasaurs were ancient lizards of the Permian period.
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«The museum experts completed the excavations of the pareiasaur skeleton at the Kotelnich site on August 14. It was the second pareiasaur found this season, it was discovered by the scientists from the Museum of Natural History of Tatarstan on August 9. The skeleton is poorly preserved, unlike the first one found earlier in the season. Now both findings have been transported to Kirov to the laboratory of the museum, where the preparation will be carried out, i.e. soil removed off the bones,» Kavardakov said.

Pareiasaurs ('cheeky lizard' translated from Latin) reached a length of two metres, their way of life resembled that of modern hippopotamuses in that they spent most of the time on dry land, fed supposedly on algae, and had a 'third eye' (additional sense organ) functions of which still has not been fully understood.

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