Aegisuchus witmeri, gen. et sp. nov. 2012

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Aegisuchus witmeri, gen. et sp. nov. 2012




A Cretaceous croc named "Shield Croc" with a long snout and the largest known crocodile brain has been discovered in Morocco. It has a shield-like plate on its head and an "eyespot" that was perhaps used during courting displays. Dr. Holliday suggests the Cretaceous may not have been the age of dinosaurs, but rather the age of crocodiles.

MU News Bureau - New species of ancient crocodile, ancestor of today's species, discovered by MU researcher (press release with video, pictures)

Holliday C.M., Gardner N.M. (2012). A new eusuchian crocodyliform with novel cranial integument and its significance for the origin and evolution of Crocodylia. PLoS ONE. 7[1]: e30471.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030471 (journal article with pictures, photos, trees, charts)
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