It's Simply Extraordinary": Ancient Crocodile's Final Feast Potentially a Dinosaur - Media News 48

It’s Simply Extraordinary”: Ancient Crocodile’s Final Feast Potentially a Dinosaur


Palaeontologists have discovered a new species of prehistoric crocodile that once feasted upon small dinosaurs.

Unearthed at a sheep station in Queensland, Australia, the remains – which date back 95 million years – belong to a previously unknown species of crocodile.


Ancient Crocodile's Final Meal Revealed As A Dinosaur - Trill Mag


More impressive still was the discovery of the skeletal remains of a juvenile ornithopod dinosaur inside its stomach, indicating that this was in fact the prehistoric crocodile’s last meal.

It has since been named Confractosuchus sauroktonos which means “the broken dinosaur killer.”

Ancient crocodile's last meal was a dinosaur, study reveals | Daily Mail  Online

“The discovery of a small juvenile ornithopod in the gut contents of a Cretaceous-aged crocodile is extremely rare, as only a handful of examples of dinosaur predation are known globally,” the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum said in a statement.


Sarcosuchus Killing A Tyrannotitan Using The Death Roll. By  Herschel-Hoffmeyer On DeviantArt. : r/Naturewasmetal

Building up a detailed image of the skeleton was quite challenging due to the fragile nature of the bones.

To learn more, scientists relied upon neutron and synchrotron X-ray micro-CT scanning technologies, followed by 3D computer modelling which took 10 months to process.

“At the time of its death this freshwater crocodile was around 2.5m long and still growing,” said museum research associate Dr Matt White.

“While Confractosuchus would not have specialised in eating dinosaurs it would not have overlooked an easy meal, such as the young ornithopod remains found in its stomach.”

Related Posts

Alien Expert Mystified by ‘Glowing White Clouds’ on Moon, Claims Evidence of Extraterrestrial Activity in NASA Apollo 16

The conspiracy theorist has recently unearthed archival NASA photos snapped in 1972, during the Apollo 16 mission. The NASA photos appear to show “glowing white clouds”, which…

Couple’s Google Earth Discovery Leads to UK’s Largest Collection of Rare Marine Fossils Ever Found

A pair of amateur fossil hunters have discovered one of the largest collections of rare marine fossils found anywhere in the UK. The couple spotted a tiny…

Winged Marvel of the Ancient Seas: Aquilolamna milarcae, the Prehistoric Eagle Shark, Soared Through Oceans 93 Million Years Ago, Unveiling the Wonders of Evolution

It looked like a cross between a shark and a manta ray. An illustration of the newly described eagle shark, which lived in an ancient seaway 93…

Archaeologists discover the secret of a mysterioυs giaпt Nephilim skυll, capable of rewritiпg the history of giaпts.

It’s пo tall tale—the first complete aпcieпt skeletoп of a persoп with gigaпtism has beeп discovered пear Rome, a пew stυdy says. At 6 feet, 8 iпches…

Ancient Aussie Seas: Kronosaurus Queenslandicus Fossil Unveils Life in Inland Sea 110 Million Years Ago Down Under

Prehistoric crocodile fossil, Kronosaurus queenslandicus, believed to have lived in Australia’s great inland sea some 110 million years ago A world-famous specimen of a prehistoric marine reptile named…

Straпge Ritυals: Exposiпg Iпdoпesia’s Former Caппibals aпd Their Uпυsυal Practices.

The іпdіgeпoυs Dапi trіbe lіve іп the іsolated Bаliem Vаlley іп Weѕt Pаpυа, Iпdoпeѕia, апd were dіscovered by а Weѕterп ѕcieпtiѕt 80 yeаrs аgo. Hυпtѕmaп аre рictυred…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *