The new species of prehistoric reptile discovered in the same Colombian, where it was found the Titanoboa.
In the reconstruction, the new species of prehistoric crocodile hunts for prey while a Titanoboa wanders around. Illustration by Danielle Byerley, Florida Museum of Natural History
The Giant Crocodile And The Largest Snake Ever Lived
The largest snake ever discovered, Titanoboa cerrejones, next to one of its potential prey, a prehistoric crocodile. The giant animals lived on the planet 60 million years ago, after the extinction of dinosaurs. Illustration by Jason Bourque
The coal mine in Colombia, where a few years ago, scientists have found the largest snake species never lived on the planet (Titanoboa, right) returned another discovery: a new species of prehistoric crocodile giant, six meters long.
Sixty million years ago Acherontisuchus guajiraensis lived with the giant snake and other reptiles in a river system similar to the Amazon, which wound through one of the oldest rainforests in the world before flowing in the current Caribbean Sea.
In this wide river from the bottom plate, A guajiraensis hunted fish, which were also the preferred prey of Titanoboa. This means that the two “heavyweights” prehistoric probably fighting the food, and maybe sometimes crocodiles younger became dinner snake.
According to head of research Alex Hastings, a graduate student in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Florida who works at the Florida Museum of Natural History, one of the problems of the crocodile it was indeed to go hunting for fish without irritating Titanoboa to the point of him same prey
Understanding The Evolution of Crocodiles
The fossils of the prehistoric crocodile were found in the coal mine of Cerrejón (one of the largest open-air in the world) in 1994, and held in the offices of the mine until 2004. According to the study, published in the journal Paleontology, new shipments on the field in 2004 and in 2007 they have unearthed more fossils.
The study of fossils reveals that A. guajiranesis belonged to the family Dyrosauridae, who lived in the coastal and marine habitats. A coccodrilli forme is a reptilian order Crocodilian, which includes, among others, crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gavials.
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