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New Prehistoric Crocodilian

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 27th, 2008

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This image released by Rio de Janeiro Federal University, shows a new pointy-nosed prehistoric crocodile species that inhabited the Earth’s oceans 62 million years ago.

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Brazilian scientists unveiled a model of the nine foot (three meter) long Guarinisuchus munizi on Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

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The discovery may shed new light on the evolutionary history of the extinct group, which was a predecessor to modern crocodile species, and the theorized spreading of the species from Africa to South America.

Loren Coleman – has written 5491 posts on this site.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


8 Responses to “New Prehistoric Crocodilian”

  1. Bake Neko responds:

    Thats fascinating. I had no idea there were species of marine crocodilians. Good stuff.

  2. Samson77 responds:

    looks like a gavial

  3. DarthBadger responds:

    So that would mean that that species of crocodiles, being marine crocs, would have left Africa by swimming to South America ?

  4. threefingeredlord responds:

    @DarthBadger

    I don’t think there anything to suggest this species had a different lifestyle to modern saltwater crocodiles, except maybe the jaws look more adept to catching fish. To me that suggest a more aquatic lifestyle, probably a much better swimmer.

    This coupled with the fact that Africa and South America were much closer back then would make that idea highly possible.

  5. red_pill_junkie responds:

    I don’t know, maybe the long pointy snout helped him catch fish in coral reefs or something.

  6. Craig York responds:

    Not exactly, Red. The narrow jaw is a common enough
    adaptation in all kinds of fish-eaters, like the Gavail
    that Samson77 mentioned above. I believe the shape
    makes the snout easier to ‘slash about’ in schools
    of smaller fish. I notice the feet are depicted as
    webbed in one of the images-if memory serves, there
    were extinct crocodillians that had flippers, ala’ the
    mosasaurs.

    Whats most interesting is how the crocodillians survived at all-they were around and abundant
    65 million years ago, just like the dinosaurs.

  7. roomofeasement responds:

    I really like that painting! That is some mythical stuff right there. Legendary crocs were rulers of the oceans.

  8. Sordes responds:

    Crocodiles have a very low metabolism and can survive long periods without food. Furthermore than can become comparably old. Some species are even able to burrow holes to survive droughts of several months. Dinosaurs in contrast had a very high metabolism, and needed a lot of food and very continuously. And most species died at a comparably early age.



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