Scientists have discovered the remains of an ancient and huge predatory crocodile that in his stomach he had the remains of a dinosaur well preserved, the find was made in the Great Australian Super Basin, at a site dating from the cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago.
It was revealed that 95 million years ago, in what is now Australia, the reptile devoured a small dinosaur which he swallowed in one bite. Apparently shortly after making his last meal the crocodile died and while he fossilized, so did the partially digested dinosaur.
Experts have revealed that the dinosaur was a young ornithopod, a group of herbivores that includes duck-billed dinosaurs. It should be noted that these are the first ornithopod bones found in this part of the continent, and the dinosaur may be a previously unknown species.
The revealing name of the huge crocodile
The crocodile is believed to have been over 2.5 meters long when it died and would likely have grown much larger had it lived. The remains of this newly discovered crocodile were called: Conflictosuchus sauroktonosand although the name sounds long and complicated it reveals information about the fossil.
The name of this reptile is translated from Latin and Greek collectively, meaning “broken crocodile dinosaur killer”according to the study.
Crocodilians coexisted with dinosaurs beginning in the Triassic period (251.9 million to 201.3 million years ago), and new evidence suggests that reptiles fed on some dinosaurs
“This new find provides the first definitive evidence showing that dinosaurs were eaten by giant Cretaceous crocodiles,” the scientists said.
Where do crocodiles live and what do they eat?
Crocodiles typically live in freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, wetlands, and sometimes brackish water. They feed mainly on vertebrate animals, such as fish, reptiles and mammals, but they also sometimes consume invertebrates, such as molluscs and crustaceans. Their diet can vary according to the species and the time, since the enormous crocodile discovered in Australia fed on dinosaurs.
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