Ancient croc with 'shovel mouth' likely enjoyed clam dinners

February 25, 2015 12:18 PM

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Ancient croc with 'shovel mouth' likely enjoyed clam dinners

A model of the 13-million-year-old Gnatusuchus pebasensis, a crocodylian with a short face and rounded teeth that may have shoveled through the mud at the bottom of lakes and swamps to find prey, such as clams and other mollusks. (Model by Kevin Montalbán-Rivera.?© Aldo Benites-Palomino)

A peg-toothed crocodile relative with a mouth like a shovel lived in the prehistoric swamps of Peru about 13 million years ago, a new study finds.

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