Ancient 10-Meter-Long Crocodile Discovered

Lower Cretaceous sediments from an unexplored area of Tunisia have yielded the fossilized remains of a 10-meter-long marine crocodile the largest ocean-dwelling croc ever discovered. Researchers named the new extinct species Machimosaurus rex, and its described in Cretaceous Research this week.

The articulated remains of the giant crocodylomorph were unearthed in December of 2014 during a prospecting trip at the Touil el Mhahir locality of Tataouine Governorate in southern Tunisia. The body was lying belly down with the head curved to the right side. After sorting through the sandy and clayish sediments, Federico Fanti of Universit di Bologna and colleagues were able to identify skull fragments, teeth, vertebrae, ribs, a partial humerus, and osteoderms (the bony plates in the skin) of a never-before-seen species.

M. rex belongs to a lineage called the thalattosuchian teleosaurids, marine crocodylomorphs that were thought to have gone extinct at the end of the Jurassic, before the Cretaceous. But at about 120 million to 130 million years old, M. rex is evidence that teleosauroids crossed the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary.

This giant croc was likely an ambush predator in a lagoon-like environment that characterized this part of Africa during the early Cretaceous. Its ecology would have been similar to todays semi-aquatic crocodilians that hunt both aquatic and terrestrial prey. Short, rounded teeth, like those of other members of the Machimosaurus genus, indicate that it fed on hard-shelled vertebrates.

Lots of turtle remains, including some that were a meter long, were also found in the same quarry suggesting that turtles made up a large part of the M. rex diet. Additionally, Machimosaurus bite marks have previously been found on a sauropod dinosaur bone.

For comparison, the biggest freshwater super croc, called Sarcosuchus imperator, lived 110 million years ago, and it grew up to 12 meters (39feet) long.

Image in the text: F. Fanti et al., 2016 Cretaceous Research

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A Dude In Gujarat Came Home One Day And Found A Huge Crocodile Chilling In His Bathroom

Stop laughing, idiot, THIS IS TERRIFYING.

1. Hello. This is a crocodile. It is 5 feet long.

Hello. This is a crocodile. It is 5 feet long.

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2. And, more importantly, it is VERY CASUALLY HANGING OUT IN A HUMAN BEING’S SHOWER.

And, more importantly, it is VERY CASUALLY HANGING OUT IN A HUMAN BEING'S SHOWER.

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3. YUUUUP. THIS IS A CARNIVOROUS, DANGEROUS, WILD REPTILE. Just cooling off on a bathroom floor in a home in Anand, Gujarat, grinning from ear to frickin’ ear.

YUUUUP. THIS IS A CARNIVOROUS, DANGEROUS, WILD REPTILE. Just cooling off on a bathroom floor in a home in Anand, Gujarat, grinning from ear to frickin' ear.

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4. According to the Times of India, the lethal creature was discovered by Bharat Patel, a resident of the house. Times of India also reports that “the Patel family was shocked.”

According to the Times of India , the lethal creature was discovered by Bharat Patel, a resident of the house. Times of India also reports that "the Patel family was shocked."

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No details have been reported about the blood-curdling, meat-eating, bone-chilling reptile’s travels from his natural habitat to ours.

5. Apparently, forest officials soon showed up, caged the blood-thirsty beast of prey, and released in him a nearby lake.

Apparently, forest officials soon showed up, caged the blood-thirsty beast of prey, and released in him a nearby lake.

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6. In a while, crocodile.

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Crocodile Jumps At Australian Swimmer Felix

This two week old video by Ulrik Bergsland has over 1.375 million views. While swimming on holiday in Australia, Swedish native Felix Andersson and his friends noticed a crocodile sun bathing on a large rock. 

Suddenly, the croc ‘flew’ and jumped at Felix, causing him to freak out and his friends to break out in a fit of laughter. The video is featured on YouTubeTrends, TheSun, and YahooNews

 

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You Probably Didn’t Know These Epic, But Random, Facts Before Today.

No matter what amount of trivia you think you know, I bet you don’t know these things. Yes, even if you are a huge Jeopardy fan. 

Most of these random facts are so mind blowing because they are so random. These things have existed in the world around you, but you probably never gave them a second thought… until now. (If you did, you are probably a scientist or a genius.) But odds are, these facts will blow your mind and have you scrambling around your house trying to piece it back together.

So, go out and find your brain catching mat because your world will be shattered and your eyes will be enlightened:

1.) Nile Crocodiles can hold their breath underwater for roughly 2 hours.

2.) At any one point in time, clouds cover about 60% of the Earth.

3.) The Hercules Beetle can grow to be the size of a human hand.

4.) Roughly have of the humans who have ever lived have died of malaria.

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5.) Apes will laugh when you tickle them.

6.) The largest wave ever surfed was about 10 stories tall.

7.) Hearing is the fastest human sense.

8.) Because the earth’s axis turning has slowed, a day in the day of the dinosaurs was roughly 23 hours.

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9.) The largest apples can weigh about the same as a half gallon of milk.

10.) There are more fake flamingoes on Earth than real ones.

11.) To cook an egg on a sidewalk, the sidewalk needs to be around 158 degrees.

12.) 54 million people that are living right now will be dead in a year.

13.) Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest and came in 3rd.

14.) Most laugh tracks you hear on sitcoms were recorded in the 1950’s. So it is likely that many of the people in those audiences are dead now.

15.) The first pizza delivery order took place in 1889.

16.) Antarctica is the only continent that doesn’t grow corn.

17.) Lighters were invented before matches.

18.) New Jersey has the most shopping malls.

19.) A pig’s orgasm lasts approximately 30 minutes.

20.) Napoleon wasn’t actually that short. He was 5’7″ which was about the average height of a Frenchman.

21.) Many viking chiefs were buried with their ships.

22.) Jellyfish aren’t actually fish.

23.) The best time to nap is between 1PM and 2:30PM because you body’s temperature drops at that time.

You learn something new every day… and today, you learned 24 new things. The world is a pretty awesome place. So, click on the button below and share these awesome facts about it!

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What If Wild Animals Ate Fast Food (Video)

What If Wild Animals Ate Fast FoodWhat If Wild Animals Ate Fast Food

A compilation of animated shorts titled ‘Rollin’ Safari‘, produced for the 2013 Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, features overly round, bloated wild animals in hilarious scenes of mortal combat.

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Crocodile Bites Elephant’s Trunk While Drinking Water

This safari video published by  starts out like any other calm scene of nature. A family of elephants going for a drink and a splash by the watering hole. How nice.

Suddenly, while the biggest elephant was having a drink it started thrashing its truck. A crocodile had taken a direct bite onto the trunk, most likely mistaking it for a snake.

The elephant instantly threw its trunk up with so much force, the crocodile flew into the air for a moment. After it finally released, the elephant made sure to give it a few good stompings.

Nature.

 

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