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He bit a dinosaur in half. Scientists figured out what the last one was the meal of an ancient killer crocodile

Researchers have discovered the remains of an ancient reptile that roamed the Earth about 95 million years ago.

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Scientists first discovered dinosaur fossils in Australia that roamed the planet about 95 years ago. Researchers believe they have discovered a new species of ancient reptile and have even been able to determine what his last meal was, writes USA Today.

Despite the fact that the fossils were partially crushed, about 35% of the animal's skeleton was preserved – the predator had no tail and limbs, but the skull was almost not damaged. Researchers believe they have discovered the remains of the Cretaceous freshwater crocodile Confractosuchus sauroktonos, suggesting that the killer crocodile roamed the Earth some 95 million years ago.

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Note that the killer crocodile was more than 2.4 meters long, but the researchers suggest that the reptile was quite young, and therefore its size would increase significantly with age.

However, something else attracted the attention of scientists – X-ray and computed tomography showed that there were also smaller bones inside the reptile's skeleton. Thus, the researchers managed to restore what was the last meal of the giant reptile.

Bite a dinosaur in half. Scientists figured out what the last meal of an ancient killer crocodile was

I bit a dinosaur in half. Scientists have found out what was the last meal of the ancient killer crocodile

It turned out that the smaller bones belong to a dinosaur. According to study lead author Matt White, he and his colleagues were able to find one thigh bitten in half, while the other thigh was left with bite marks – in all likelihood, the bite was extremely strong, because teeth marks were left on the bones.

< p> Proceeding from a condition of bones of a dinosaur, scientists assumed that the crocodile either killed an animal, or swallowed it right after death. Note that dinosaurs were not a standard food for land crocodiles, but White suggests that a giant reptile would hardly have refused so much a tasty meal.

Researchers suggest that the remains belong to a baby ornithopod, at the time of death its weight approximately was about 1.8 kg. Ornithopods belong to a group of herbivorous dinosaurs, which were characterized by a duck-billed beak.

According to White, such finds are extremely rare in Australia and, in fact, are evidence that the ancient giant reptiles that lived in Australia for 95 million years ago, hunted and ate dinosaurs.