<p><br> An artist's rendering shows hatchling nothosaurs heading for the safety of water as a hungry but terrestrial <i>Ticinosuchus</i> attacks near a lagoon in ancient Switzerland. Nothosaurs lived during the mid- and late Triassic period and were among the earliest reptiles to take to the sea. Because nothosaurs may have had to come ashore to lay eggs, the eggs and hatchlings would have been vulnerable to <i>Ticinosuchus</i>. Yet once the hatchlings reached deeper waters, they were safe—for the moment.</p>

Fleeing Nothosaurs


An artist's rendering shows hatchling nothosaurs heading for the safety of water as a hungry but terrestrial Ticinosuchus attacks near a lagoon in ancient Switzerland. Nothosaurs lived during the mid- and late Triassic period and were among the earliest reptiles to take to the sea. Because nothosaurs may have had to come ashore to lay eggs, the eggs and hatchlings would have been vulnerable to Ticinosuchus. Yet once the hatchlings reached deeper waters, they were safe—for the moment.

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Triassic Period

See photos of Triassic period dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals from National Geographic.

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