The story of India's dinosaurs begins in the Late Triassic, about 220 million years ago, when they were just beginning to make their presence felt across the ancient world. At this remote time, India was locked to the southern part of Pangaea, the supercontinent made up of all Earth's land. It was attached to what would become Africa and Antarctica, after the break up of Pangaea. In an area of floodplains and rivers, where today's Pranhita-Godavari river basin lies, crocodilelike reptiles snapped up fish, but the likes of Parasuchus were not destined to inherit the world. That honor went to the dinosaurs, and India's Alwalkeria was one of the first of its kind, paving the way for the larger carnivores of the Jurassic and Cretaceous.
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