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The identification of an enormous prehistoric crocodile that lived 180 million years ago, has finally been adopted, it is almost 250 years after the fossils were first discovered.
Known as the Mystriosaurus laurillardi, the ancient reptiles, which may reach up to 15 feet long, was first discovered in a Bavarian town in the 1770s. However, it was not properly identified until date, because it was thought to be a member of a different species, Steneosaurus bollensis.
“Mystriosaurus what looked like a gharial, but it had a shorter snout, and her nose is the opening to the front, as in almost all of the other fossil or living crocodile in the nose, the opening is positioned at the top of the world,” the study’s lead author, Sven Sachs, said in a statement.
The predator skull was found in a Bavarian town in the 1770s, but experts have now discovered it was a Mystriosaurus laurillardi. (Credit: SWNS)
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The study has been published in the scientific journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.
M. laurillardi flourished during the Jurassic period and lived in the warm seas of the Earth during that time of the year, along with a number of other large marine reptiles, including ichthyosaurs, according to the researchers.
In April 2018, is the bone fossil of a 205-million-year-old ichthyosaur, was discovered in the south-west of England, making it one of the biggest animals ever to live — it’s almost the size of a blue whale.
The scientists added that the discovery of the fossil found in Germany and the united kingdom, with a skull that was found in Yorkshire in the 1800’s, points out that it could swim between the islands, similar to the contemporary relative, the saltwater crocodile.
The now-extinct species that lived in tropical waters during the Jurassic period, and it was more than 13 feet in length. It had a long snout and sharp teeth and ate fish. (Credit: SWNS)
One of the study’s co-authors, Dr .. Mark Young of the University of Edinburgh, said that the uncovering of the history of reptiles, such as Mystriosaurus that will better help researchers in the understanding of just how diverse, however, during the Jura mountains.
“The unravelling of the complex history and of the anatomy of the fossil record as a Mystriosaurus, it is necessary if we are to understand by the management of the crocodiles during the Jurassic,” Young added in a statement. “With the fast increase in biodiversity between about 200 and 180 million years ago, is still poorly understood.”
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