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Ancient African skull sheds light on American crocodile origins

July 24, 2020 - General

The extinct African crocodile species Crocodylus checchiai may be closely related to American crocodile species alive today, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The findings suggest that crocodiles may have migrated from Africa to America during the Late Miocene epoch (11-5 million years ago).

Like its American relatives, Crocodylus checchiai (illustrated) sported a bump on its snout
[Credit: Dawid A. Iurino]Prior…

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