A monster spanning 16 feet (5 m) ruled the waterways of southeastern Queensland in Australia millions of years ago.
Researchers at the University of Queensland identified the reptile giant – now called the “swamp king” – after studying its fossilized 25-inch-long (65-centimeter) skull, which was first exposed in the 1980s.
In Latin, the genus name Paludirex “Swamp King” and translation of species name VINCENTI It was chosen to honor the late Geoff Vincent, a resident of the city of Dalby in southeastern Queensland, who discovered the giant skull near the town of Chinchilla in Queensland.
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Greatest modern-day crocodile The Indo-Pacific is a saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porus), Which can grow around the same size. Their record size is actually larger than 20 feet (6 meters), set by Lolong who was imprisoned in the Philippines in 2013, According to cnn.
“but Paludirex There was a wider, more heavily-set skull, so it would resemble an Indo-Pacific crocodile on steroids, “Jorgo Ristevski, a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland’s University of Biology Said in a statement. According to the researchers, this would have allowed the giant crocodile to hunt prehistoric marsupials and made it one of the top predators in Australia.
The possibility of the swamp king emerged within about 55 million years – at the same time as the crook of the modern period. More research is now being done to determine how these large-scale crocodiles died while their thin relatives remained.
“or Paludirex Vincenti Such as became extinct as a result of competition with species Crocodylus porus It is hard to say, ”said Steve Queensbury, a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland and fellow author of the study. “The alternative is that it became extinct with the drying up of the climate, and the river system once contracted,” he explained, “We are currently investigating both scenarios.”
The findings were published in the journal on 21 December PeerJ.
Originally published on Live Science.