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Fossil skull of extinct crocodile cousin found

The nearly complete skull of a newly discovered species of ancient crocodile has been found in Brazil.

The animal is what’s called a crocodyliform, part of a group known as the crocodilians that includes modern-day alligators, caimans, and more.

Dubbed Pepesuchus deiseae, the new species lived between 99 million to 65 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period. Brazilian National Museum paleontologists recently found a skull and jawbone of the crocodile cousin at a fossil site in São Paulo state.

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Story: Sabrian Valle, National Geographic | Photo: Marcos de Paula, Agencia Estado/AP

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