93-million-year-old crocodile found with a baby dinosaur in its stomach

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A croc discovered in the Philippines is believed to be the biggest ever caught

Scientists claim the reptile is 35% preserved with a “near-complete skull” and fearful teeth – they have now examined it in more detail using 3D scans and X-rays

A croc discovered in the Philippines is believed to be the biggest ever caught (

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A 93-million-year-old crocodile has been uncovered by scientists with a baby dinosaur in its belly.

It has been dubbed the Confractosuchus Sauroktonos or “broken crocodile dinosaur killer” by experts and was found with the prehistoric baby in its stomach.

A report for Gondwana Research believes the huge croc grew to around 2.5m (6-8ft) and believe it died in a flood.

The reptile is said to have been 35% preserved with a “near-complete skull” and its fearful teeth.

Researchers examined it in more detail using 3D scans and X-rays

Joseph Bevitt, a co-author of the study, told Indy100: “In the initial scan in 2015, I spotted a buried bone in there that looked like a chicken bone with a hook on it and thought straight away that it was a dinosaur.

The croc was similar to the 21-foot crocodile which was found in the Philippines in 2011
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“Human eyes had never seen it previously, as it was, and still is, totally encased in rock.

“The fossilized remains were found in a large boulder. Concretions often form when organic matter, or say a crocodile, sinks to the bottom of a river.”

Scientists believe it was preserved because the mud surrounding the creature hardened because of the bacteria which were present.

Scientists have used nuclear techniques to shed light on the feeding habits of a 93 million-year-old crocodile that devoured a juvenile dinosaur
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Scans of one boulder detected “bones of the small chicken-sized juvenile dinosaur in the gut”, the species, however, has not been formally identified.

Dr Bevitt said: “In the initial scan in 2015, I spotted a buried bone in there that looked like a chicken bone with a hook on it and thought straight away that it was a dinosaur.”

Hey told Australian Nuclear Science and Technology (Ansto): “3D digital scans from the imaging and medical beamline guided the physical preparation of the crocodile, which was impossible without knowing precisely where the bones were.”

Scientists used scans and nuclear techniques to confirm their theories and age the crocodile
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The samples of rock had to be reduced to a size that X-rays could penetrate for high-quality scanning.

But the results of the team’s work surprised even them and gave them an insight into what the reptile ate for its last meal.

This was remarkable in itself until the team discovered the contents of the croc’s stomach contained a tiny dinosaur.

Scientists could not believe what the croc had last eaten
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He said: “The results were outstanding in providing an entire picture of the crocodile and its last meal, a partially digested juvenile dinosaur.”

For confirmation the dinosaur was in the crocodile’s stomach, the team analyzed plant roots and geological features between the rock fragments.

“The chemistry of rock provided the evidence,” said Dr Bevitt.

Scientists reckon the crocodile died in a flooding event where it was buried and died suddenly.

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