Prehistoric crocodile discovered in Chatham County

March 19, 2015 10:01 AM

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When it came time to name the previously unknown prehistoric crocodile whose bones were found in Chatham County several years ago, paleontologist Lindsay Zanno went with something decidedly unsubtle.

“I thought it had a nice ring,” said Zanno, a research professor at N.C. State University who also runs the paleontology and geology lab at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. “When I saw this animal, and when we reconstructed its skull, it was clearly an animal built for slicing flesh.”

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