Scientists Discover Six Caiman Species In Amazon Fossils

February 25, 2015 11:24 AM

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Deep in the Amazon basin, scientists have remarkably found several previously unidentified crocodile species. “We uncovered this special moment in time when the ancient mega-wetland ecosystem reached its peak in size and complexity, just before its demise and the start of the modern Amazon River system,” explained lead author Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi.

He describes the most unusual of the seven: the Gnatuschus pebasensis. This is a caiman creature with a short face and “globular teeth” which Gismondi and his team believe the animal used to help dig food out of the sand; food like clams and mollusks.

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