Scientists from the University of Queensland recently determined that fossils discovered in the 1980s were that of a creature named Paludirex vincenti, according to the researchers, who spoke with the journal PeerJ.
- The creature’s name Paludirex vincenti is Latin for “Swamp King.”
- The creature was likely 16 feet long.
Why this crocodile is different
- “The largest crocodylian today is the Indo-Pacific crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, which grows to about the same size. But Paludirex had a broader, more heavy-set skull so it would’ve resembled an Indo-Pacific crocodile on steroids.”