Bonanza Of Ancient Crocodiles Unearthed In The Peruvian Amazon

February 25, 2015 6:40 PM

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Bonanza Of Ancient Crocodiles Unearthed In The Peruvian Amazon

Scientists examining fossil outcrops in northeastern Peru near the city of Iquitos were stunned to discover the fossils of not one, but seven different species of ancient crocs--three of which are newly identified--that lived in the region 13 million years ago.

(Story continues below image). Fossils from seven different species of crocodiles uncovered in what is now the Amazon Basin of northeastern Peru. Their skulls and jaws, shown here, are extremely diverse: (1) Gnatusuchus pebasensis, (2) Kuttanacaiman iquitosensis, (3) Caiman wannlangstoni, (4) Puruss...

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