Reblog: Dinosaur age crocodile discovery
From the BBC:
28 January 2013 Last updated at 02:00 GMT
‘Blood-biting’ predator identified
Prehistoric remains discovered more than a century ago have been identified as a new species of marine super-predator.
Researchers said the 165-million-year-old creature was distantly related to modern-day crocodiles.
The species has been named as Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos, meaning “blood-biting tyrant swimmer”.
Scientists found that the partial skeleton – including a jawbone and teeth – belonged to a group of crocodiles that were similar to dolphins.
The animal’s pointed, serrated teeth and large gaping jaw meant it would have been suited to feeding on large-bodied prey.
A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh said it would help scientists better understand how marine reptiles were evolving about 165 million years ago.
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