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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

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Varanops was an extinct animal that lived about 275 million years ago, during the Early Permian period.

It belonged to a group of reptile-like creatures called synapsids, which were the ancestors of mammals.

Varanops was one of the most advanced members of the varanopid family, which were agile predators that resembled modern monitor lizards.

Varanops had a long, slender body, with four strong legs and a long tail.

It was about 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) long, and weighed about 10 kilograms (22 pounds).

It had a narrow, pointed snout, with sharp, backward-curving teeth that were adapted for tearing flesh.

It also had large eyes and ears, which helped it to hunt and avoid predators.

Varanops was probably covered with scales, and may have had some hair-like structures on its body.

Varanops was a carnivore, and fed on smaller animals such as insects, amphibians, and reptiles.

It was fast and agile, and could run, climb, and swim.

It may have hunted in packs, or as a solitary hunter.

It lived in a warm and dry environment, with sparse vegetation and seasonal rivers.

It shared its habitat with other synapsids, such as pelycosaurs and therapsids, as well as early reptiles and amphibians.

Varanops is known from many fossils found in Texas and Oklahoma, in the United States.

Some of these fossils show bite marks, which suggest that Varanops was preyed upon by larger animals, such as temnospondyls.

These bite marks also provide the earliest evidence of scavenging behavior among land animals.

Varanops was an important part of the evolution of synapsids, and a close relative of the first mammals.

It was one of the last varanopids, which went extinct by the end of the Permian period, along with many other groups of animals.

Varanops was a successful and adaptable animal, that survived for millions of years in a changing world.
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