The discovery of an ancient crocodile-type that lived at the height of the dinosaur era during the Jurassic period has shed new light on the species.
The 180-million-year-old fossil called Magyarosuchus fitosi shows that some ancient crocodiles have evolved to have dolphin-like characteristics.
The fossil was recently analyzed and had abnormal vertebrae in its caudal fin, which effectively combined two different families of crocodiles – one that had limbs running on the surface and had a needle-like protective armor on its back and one with tail fins and fins Swimming in the old seas.
"This fossil provides a unique insight into the evolution of crocodiles into dolphin and killer whale-like forms, more than 1
The new finding was made after the team of paleontologists analyzed the bones that had been stored in a museum in Budapest, the fossil was originally discovered in Hungary in the Gerecse Mountains.
"With an estimated body length of 4.67-4.83 m [15 feet — 16 feet]M. fitosi is the largest known non-metriorhynchid Metriorhynchoid," reads the abstract of the study.  "The combination of maintaining heavy dorsal and ventral arms and a light hypochondric tail is unique and underlines the mosai kinky nature of marine adaptation in Metriorhynchoidea. "
In addition, the newly discovered species had large, pointed teeth that were used to grasping for prey, the statement added.
The study was published on May 10 in PeerJ, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
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