Crocodiles ancestor found in Colombian coal mine

Published on September 15th, 2011 | by Admin


The 60-million-year old fossilized remains of a crodocile ancestor has been uncovered in the same Columbian mine as the world’s largest snake.

The findings, outlined in the journal Paleontology, suggest that members of these two predatory species might have fought to the death 60 million years ago. Titanoboa measured an incredible 42 feet long. (“Sue,” the famous Tyrannosaurus rex specimen housed at the Field Museum, was about that long too.)

It sounds like the huge croc-like animal had an advantage over the snake, though. Its jaws alone were incredibly formidable.

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Story: Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News | Photo: Discovery News

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