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Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Tyler Lyson conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Emma R Schachner performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Jennifer Botha-Brink performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Torsten Scheyer performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Markus Lambertz performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Gaberiel Bever analyzed the data, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Bruce Rubidge analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Kevin de Queiroz analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Funding

Funding was provided by a NMNH Peter Buck postdoctoral fellow to TRL, a NSF grant to C. Farmer (IOS 1055080) to help support ERS, the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) and its Scatterlings of Africa programmes and the National Research Foundation funding to JBB (UID 82584), the NRF and DST\NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences, and Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) and its Scatterlings of Africa programmes to BSR, and a Swiss National Science foundation grant to TMS (31003A 149506). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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