Northeastern Research Institute of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources Revealed a 100-million-year-old Crocodile Species

By on Nov 26, 2010 in Animals, Science Comments
Thailand Ancient Crocodile Skull
Image Credit:AP Photo/Northeastern Research Institute
of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources

Researchers revealed on Thursday, November 25, 2010 during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand that a 100-million-year-old new species of crocodile have been identified from a fossil found in Thailand.

According to international reports, the species have longer legs than the modern-day crocodiles and believed to have lived during the Cretaceous Period.

A scientist at Mahasarakham University, Komsorn Lauprasert said that it probably fed on fish because of the characteristics of its teeth.

Reports said that the fossil was originally found from an excavation site in Nakhon Rathchasima province, also known as Korat.

The species have been named “Khoratosuchus Jintasakuli“. Khoratosuchus was taken after Korat province where the fossil was found and Jintasakuli from the last name of the director of the Northeastern Research Institute of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources, Pratueng Jintasakul.



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