Fossil of Giant Crocodile Found in Cuba

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Cuban scientists have found a fossil of a 10-meter long crocodile that lived more than 20 million years ago. Alejandro Romero Emperador, a member of Cuba’s Speleological Society, told the local news agency Prensa Latina that these are the first fossils found on the island of this reptile, which lived in the Miocene period.

The fossils were found in the spillway of Zaza Dam, Cuba’s largest reservoir at the Cayajana River in the central province of Sancti Spiritus. Romero Emperador said the remains were found along with those of aquatic mammals known as dugongs (along with the manatee, the dugong is one of the four living species of the order Sirenia). The fossils were exposed by the water’s erosion of the soil. The expert noted that other fossils of gigantic animals have also been found in the area, although the species to which they belong is yet to be determined.

Romero Emperador said the samples are currently under study at the Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática, of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The remains of these pre-historic animals will be exhibited at the Museo de Naturaleza y el Hombre of Sancti Spiritus in December.

For full articles, see http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/284791,giant-crocodile-fossil-found-in-cuba.html and http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2007/11/22/7199/bones_of_prehistoric_crocodile_found_in_cuba.html

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