Discovered: 900 Pound Ancient Crocodile

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June 4, 2014 1:43pm PST

If you’re into dinosaurs or you’re a paleontology buff, then you know that crocodiles are the descendants of extinct dinosaurs which once roamed the Earth. Now, a fossil-rich coal mine in the Columbian rainforest which has produced some of the world’s most legendary remains, is adding more to that stash. Four new specimens of a giant ancient crocodile have been unearthed.

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The beast tipped the scales at over 900 pounds and scientists have named it Anthracosuchus balrogus, which is quite a mouthful. I’ll have to stick with ‘giant crocodile’ myself.

A specimen of Anthracosuchus balrogus is prepared next to an alligator skull.

The skull of Anthracosuchus balrogus compared to the skull of a modern-day crocodile. 

Other remains discovered within the same coal mine were of a tortoise with a shell as think as a school textbook. What’s more, the skeleton of the world’s largest snake was also uncovered there. It was a whopping 48 feet long. Enough to give those of us who squirm at the thought of reptiles quite the nightmare.

It all sounds like a group of creatures out of a science fiction story, but the tangible remains prove that these monsters did once exist.

Let us know what you think of this latest discovery in the comments section. Cool? Creepy? Sound off!

H/T: Tell Me Now

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