Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Croc Update (Vegetarian Edition)

Ancient vegetarian crocodile fossil unearthed - Science Fair: Science and Space News - "Crocodiles came in all shape and sizes in ancient times, including an 80 million-year-old pig-nosed, thick-skinned species that lived the humble life of a vegetarian.

The four-foot-long creature possessed grazer's teeth, a tank-like body and a short stubby tail. Most likely, they lived lives more like an armadillo's than a conventional crocodile's. Dubbed Simosuchus clarki, the species was first unearthed in 2000, and now appears fully described in a supplement to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology."

This is apparently not the same croc mentioned here.

1 comment:

Fred Blosser said...

I don't suppose we're likely to see VEGE-DILE on the Sy-Fy Channel anytime soon.