16-foot crocodile nicknamed ‘swamp kingwas Earth’s terror millions of years ago

16-foot crocodile nicknamed 'swamp king' was Earth’s terror millions of years ago

An enormous 16-foot long crocodile nicknamed theswamp kingthat terrorized ancient waters a few million years ago has been identified.

The new species of prehistoric reptile, Paludirex vincenti (which in Latin meansswamp king Vincent,” after the late fossil collector Geoff Vincent) was discovered in Queensland, 호주, in the 1980s. It was only recently that researchers really examined the fossilized 25-inch-long skull to get an idea of the size of the beast.

The ‘swamp kingwas one intimidating croc,” the study’s lead author, University of Queensland Ph.D. candidate Jorgo Ristevski, said in a 성명서.

Its fossilized skull measures around 65 centimeters, so we estimate Paludirex vincenti was at least five meters long. The largest crocodylian today is the Indo-Pacific crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, which grows to about the same size. But Paludirex had a broader, more heavy-set skull so it would’ve resembled an Indo-Pacific crocodile on steroids.

The 'swamp king' was one intimidating croc. (신용: The University of Queensland)

The ‘swamp kingwas one intimidating croc. (신용: The University of Queensland)


It’s believed that the enormous head allowed the massive reptile to hunt giant prehistoric marsupials, making it one of the top predators of its time.

The waterways of the Darling Downs would once have been a very dangerous place because of it,” Ristevski added.

The research was published in the scientific journal PeerJ.

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