Tunis - A new species of crocodile sea explorers found in Tunisia in northern Africa. The creature lived about 130 million years ago, at the beginning of a period called the Cretaceous - a period when dinosaurs dominated the land and oceans to master the giant reptiles.
|The beast was given a proper name Machimosaurus rex, |
"fighting lizard-king" or king lizard fighter.
More than 10 meters in length is proportional to the size of a large bus. The skull alone has a length of more than 1.6 meters. This is an animal species "thalattosuchia" the largest ever found.
This name refers to a group of extinct marine reptiles closely related to crocodiles. The animal will eat anything in sight.
Crocodile today is an opportunistic predator. One of the inventors of this giant prehistoric crocodiles, Federico Fanti from the Università di Bologna, Italy said M. rex also seems to have the same properties.
"There is no doubt that these animals have a tremendous appetite. Her teeth are designed to destroy a hard object," Fanti said as quoted by the BBC on Saturday (16/01/2016).
"Whatever it is too close to the jaw is santapannya - in many ways. Considering how powerful the strength of the bite, he's not picky," Fanti said.
Sweep 7 Years
These animals presented by the Fanti and colleagues in the journal Cretaceous Research. The team had combed the area for 7 years Tunisia.
Fanti initially shocked when he found a number of ancient skulls, because they are usually only found the remains of bones or teeth in an amount not much.
"We can see the outline of the body on the ground and there are more than one," Fanti said. "Perhaps the number reached 4 specimens."
His team then collected and studied one of the skull. "Although the bones were so obvious, was not there before the search for fossils in the region," Fanti said.
Even more importantly, the findings could change our understanding of the transition between the Jurassic and Cretaceous. Previously considered a mass extinction that occurred during this transition time.
"This discovery changed the assumption that," said Fanti.
The presumption arises because many other large reptiles extinct in the late Jurassic. and M. rex apparently able to survive for 20 million years.
"We think that we are now no longer see a global extinction, but a local extinction of different species. Depending on where we explore the world, we will find that some species survived (of extinction for a time) and the other does not."source