• Otávio Santiago

Massive 'Killer' Croc Discovered With The Remains of a Dinosaur in Its Stomach

About 95 million years ago in what is now Australia, a massive crocodile relative clamped down with its powerful jaws on the small body of a dinosaur and gulped nearly all of it down in one mighty swallow.

The crocodilian died soon after, and as it fossilized, so did the partly-digested and near-complete dinosaur in its belly.

The wee dinosaur was a young ornithopod – a mostly bipedal herbivore group that includes duck-billed dinosaurs. These are the first bones of an ornithopod to be found in this part of the continent, and the animal may be a previously unknown species.

Scientists recently discovered the remains of the ancient croc predator – and its well-preserved last meal – in the Great Australian Super Basin, at a site dating to the Cretaceous period (about 145.5 million to 65.5 million years ago).

Though the croc fossil was missing its tail, hind limbs and much of its pelvis, its skull and many bones from the rest of its body were intact; it measured over 8 feet (2.5 meters) long when it died and would likely have grown even more massive had it lived, the researchers reported in a new study. Please, to access the full article visit Science Alert biotechdesign.io