Scientists Name 900-Pound Ancient Croc After Fictional Beast From ‘The Lord of the Rings’

June 4, 2014 11:23 AM

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Scientists Name 900-Pound Ancient Croc After Fictional Beast From ‘The Lord of the Rings’

A huge ancient species of crocodilian, which preyed on turtles and fought with monster snakes in the rivers of the world’s oldest rainforest millions of years ago, has been offered a scientific name in a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida.

The creature, which was believed to have grown to be 16 feet long and weigh 900 pounds, is now called “Anthracosuchus balrogus” after a fierce fictional creature called “the Balrog,” which appeared in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Lord of the Rings.” Scientists said, in the study, that the pre-histori...

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