Sunday, March 05, 2006

Giant new croc found in India

45m-yr-old croc fossil found in Kutch

Thursday, March 02, 2006 10:39:54 pm

BHUJ: In a rare discovery last week, a team from the earth sciences department of IIT, Roorkee in Uttaranchal, along with an American researcher, found a 45 million-year-old fossil of a crocodile in Julrai village in Lakhpat taluka of Kutch district. According to palaeontologist Sunil Bajpai, associate professor in the department, the crocodile skull that the team found is about 70 cm long, suggesting that the body must have been about eight to 10 metre long.

These fossils, between 52 and 55 million years old, have been discovered for the first time in India. The collection includes distant ancestors of modern horses, humans, deer and cattle, bats, insectivores and many more groups.

Times of India article

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