A land where strange crocs proliferated

February 25, 2015 5:45 PM

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With mol­lusks plen­ti­ful, this was the larg­est num­ber of croc­o­dile spe­cies co-existing in one place at any time in Earth’s his­to­ry, sci­en­tists say. The work is pub­lished Feb. 24 in the jour­nal Pro­ceed­ings of the Roy­al So­ci­e­ty B.

While the mod­ern Am­a­zon Riv­er ba­sin is one of the world’s most bi­o­log­ic­ally di­verse places, “the ori­gins of this ex­tra­or­di­nary di­vers­ity are really poorly un­der­stood,” said John Flynn, cu­ra­tor of fos­sil mam­mals at the Amer­i­can Mu­se­um of Nat­u­ral His­to­ry in New York and ...

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