Ancient Monster Croc Named after Fictional Beast from 'The Lord of the Rings'

June 4, 2014 3:05 PM

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A monstrous ancient species of crocodilian 16 feet (4.8 meters) long and clocking in at 900 pounds (408 kilograms), which preyed on turtles and battled massive snakes, has been given a rather unique scientific name by researchers from the University of Florida.

This extinct dyrosaur, a type of crocodilian, which roamed the oldest-known rainforest a few million years after the dinosaurs died, has been dubbed Anthracosuchus balrogus after the fiery Balrog beast that lurked deep in the Middle-Earth Mines of Moria in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Lord of the Rin...

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