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Scientists have discovered an ancestral species of “giant” crocodile that lived alongside giant titanosaur dinosaurs about 72-66 million years ago in Brazil.
A species of crocodile named Titanochampsaiolii, he was 3 to 6 meters long and had a “very strong bite,” according to a recent study published in the journal Historical Biology. became.
Researchers discovered a fossil consisting of a partially preserved skullcap containing most of the reptile’s right side in 1987 in the Monte Alto area of São Paulo state, Brazil.
But because of the fossil’s size and fragmentary nature, the specimen was originally called a “partial titanosaurus skull” in museum exhibits, paleontologists said.