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, 澳大利亚, in the 1980s. It was only recently that researchers really examined the 僵化的 25-inch-long skull to get an idea of the size of the beast.

“沼泽国王’ 是一个令人生畏的鳄鱼,” the study’s lead author, University of Queensland Ph.D. candidate Jorgo Ristevski, 在一个 声明.

“其周围僵化的头骨尺寸 65 厘米, so we estimate Paludirex vincenti was at least five meters long. The largest crocodylian today is the Indo-Pacific crocodile, 鳄鳄, which grows to about the same size. 但是Paludirex具有更广泛的, more heavy-set skull so it would’ve resembled an Indo-Pacific crocodile on steroids.

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

沼泽国王’ 是一个令人生畏的鳄鱼. (信用: 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.

Researchers have learned a great deal about ancient crocodiles in recent months. 在六月, 专家 确定的 footprints from a 13-foot crocodile that lived between 110 和 120 million years ago and walked on two legs,

二月里, 一个 “bone-crushing” 7-foot long crocodile­ nicknamed the “Ť. Rex of its time” –­ that walked on all fours but used its hind legs to run 230 一百万年前, 原为 发现 in Brazil.


在九月 2019, fossils of a 30-foot crocodile-like creature that lived 210 million years ago and ate herbivore dinosaurs and mammals were 发现 in southern Africa. Separately in September 2019, 的 identity of a massive, 15-foot prehistoric crocodile that lived 180 million years ago was properly identified nearly 250 years after its 化石 were first discovered.

在九月 2018, 研究人员 发现 an ancient type of crocodile that lived during the Jurassic Period.