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289-million-year-old reptile escaped predators by losing tail

The Captorhinus, a reptile that lived 289 million years ago, could detach its tail to get away from predators and is the oldest lizard species known to have that ability, a study published in Nature says. Cracks in the lizard's tail bones allowed the body part to be pulled away like a perforated paper towel should a predator grab on to it, allowing the lizard to escape.

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