Researchers recently identified previously discovered prehistoric fossils as a “swamp king” crocodile.

What happened:

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 “Swamp King” lived somewhere between 5.33 million and 2.58 million years ago, according to PeerJ.

  • The creature was likely 16 feet long.
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Key quote:

“The ‘swamp king’ was one intimidating croc,” said Jorgo Ristevski, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland, in a press release on the study.

Why this crocodile is different

Ristevski said the world’s largest crocodile in 2020 has a similar build to the “swamp king.” But there’s one noticeable difference.

  • “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.”