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Scientists discover new dinosaur-eating crocodile species

New Species Of Crocodile Have Identified By Scientists That Lived Around 95-million-years Ago And Preyed On Whatever It Wanted - From Turtles To Dinosaurs.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Himani Gwari | Updated on: 14 Sep 2017, 05:45:15 PM
 New species of crocodile have identified that lived around 95-million-years ago and preyed on dinosaurs.

New Delhi:

A new species of crocodile have been identified by Scientists that lived around 95-million-years ago and preyed on whatever it wanted - from turtles to dinosaurs.

Researchers, including those from the University of Tennessee in the US, found that adults of the Deltasuchus motherali species grew up to 20 feet long.

Based on the bite marks discovered on the fossil is bones of prey animals, they ate whatever they wanted in their environment, from turtles to dinosaurs, the researchers said.

The bones were found in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on a site in Texas in the US. Deltasuchus is the first of what may prove to be several new species described from this fossil site, researchers said.

The area preserves a complete ancient ecosystem ranging from 95 million to 100 million years old, and its fossils are important in advancing the understanding of ancient North American land and freshwater ecosystems.

"We simply do not have that many North American fossils from the middle of the Cretaceous, the last period of the age of dinosaurs, and the eastern half of the continent is particularly poorly understood," said Stephanie Drumheller-Horton from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

"Fossils from the Arlington Archosaur Site are helping fill in this gap, and Deltasuchus is only the first of several new species to be reported from the locality," Drumheller-Horton added.

The species was named after one of the site volunteers, Austin Motheral, who first uncovered the fossils of this particular crocodile with a small tractor when he was just 15years old. The findings were published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 

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First Published : 14 Sep 2017, 05:09:23 PM