A new species of prehistoric crocodile nicknamed “Shieldcroc” due to a thick-skinned shield on its head has been discovered in Morocco. Co-researcher and assistant professor of anatomy, Casey Holliday in the University of Missouri, has identified the crocodile as an ancestor of today’s crocodiles.
Its discovery provides scientists with additional information about the evolution of crocodiles, and possibly ways to protect the species’ environment and help prevent extinction.
The crocodile is reported to have been about 9 meters long in the study’s press release. That makes it larger than any of earth’s living crocodiles.
In the video below Casey Holliday states that ”We are finding crocodiles that are walking on land, we’re finding crocodiles that eat plants, we’re finding crocodiles that have really weird things on their skull roofs,” He continues below: