New Ancient Croc Species

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers find two fossils which they have identified as a new species of phytosaur.

    Researchers from Mesalands Community College and the Museum of Texas Tech University’s Division of Paleontology have discovered fossils of a new species of an ancient crocodile-like reptile.  This 17 foot long croc died out more than 200 million years ago.  The researchers discovered two skulls of the reptile in Texas.  One was better preserved than the other and had a long, skinny snout, noticeably different from previously discovered fossils of phytosaurs.  They also believe that one skull was female and the other male based on a crest present on one and not the other.  They said that finding this new species of phytosaur suggests others are out there waiting to be discovered.