Prehistoric giant crocodile competed with titanboa

Posted on May 2, 2012 in What's news?

Back off, that’s my fish!

A 6 metre (20 ft) long extinct fish-eating crocodile may have battled titanboa, the largest snake of all time, in what’s now Colombia, suggest a new study. The fossilised remains of this giant croc, named Acherontisuchus guajiraensis, were discovered in the open-pit Cerrejon coal mine of northern Colombia. Scientists suggest that this crocodile was specialised for eating fish – meaning in all likelihood it would have competed for food with Titanoboa, a snake thought to have grown to over 13 metres (40+ feet).  If that’s true, that would have been one heck of a tussle.

 

Holy guacamole! I really want to...