A new study of Deinosuchus fossils has revealed more details about what these incredible predators look like and how they behave,media CNET reported. Deinosuchus can be translated as “horrible crocodile” or “horrible crocodile”. According to a paper published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology at the end of July, these giant animals lived between 75 and 82 million years ago, at the top of the food chain.
“Until now, the complete animal was unknown. The new specimen reveals a strange, deformed predator whose teeth have banana sizes,” lead author Adam Cossette said in a statement released Monday by journal publisher Taylor and Francis. Cossett is a vertebrate paleontologist at the New York Institute of Technology.
Cossette and palaeontologist Christopher Brochu of the University of Iowa studied skull fossils and bite marks to create a more complete deinosuchus image, which is more closely related to crocodiles than crocodiles.
The paper helps clarify three different known Deinosuchus species. Deinosuchus Hatcheri and Deinosuchus riograndensis (distributed from Montana to northern Mexico) and Deinosuchus schwimmeri (distributed from New Jersey to Mississippi). Although Deinosuchus has been considered a terrible predator, the animal remains mysterious in many ways. The researchers highlighted two large holes in its nose, which have a function that is not clear.
“It’s a strange animal,” Brochu said. “This shows that crocodiles are not ‘living fossils’ that haven’t changed since the age of dinosaurs. They evolve dynamically, like other groups. “
The new understanding of Deinosuchus is very much in line with other recent scientific insights into the relatives of extinct crocodiles and crocodiles. Researchers have discovered an ancient crocodile that walks on two legs and traces the disappearance of giant Australian crocodiles back to fire and habitat loss.