Islamabad – Scientists have just identified a prehistoric crocodile more than 16 feet long that haunted the swamps of Australia millions of years ago. Paludirexvincenti fossils, called « Swamp King », were first discovered in the 1980s, but the creature was only recently identified as a distinct species. It was an apex predator that hunted giant prehistoric kangaroos in south Queensland. With a wide, heavy skull that is more than three feet long, researchers say Paludirex would have resembled the largest living crocodile « on steroids ». Paludirexvincenti was named after Geoff Vincent, the Australian fossil collector who discovered the giant fossilized skull near Chinchilla, about 200 miles northwest of Brisbane. “Paludirex” means “swamp king” in Latin, and “vincenti” honors the late Mr.. . Vincent, ”said JorgoRistevski, a PhD student at the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences who specializes in extinct Cenozoic crocodiles.
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