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Out-biting the dinosaurs

Researchers from the University of Bristol, The Royal Veterinary College and Duke University have found that ancient crocodile breeds were quite diverse in adapting to their surroundings during the dinosaur age and extinction.

Through analysing the shape and function in the lower jaws of over 100 ancient crocodiles, they found that while modern crocodiles live in freshwater habitats, their ancient relatives were built for running around on land like dogs.

Following the dinosaur extinction, crocodiles invaded the Jurassic seas and evolved jaws primarily for efficiency in capturing agile prey, such as fish.

Read more at University of Bristol, The Royal Veterinary College, Duke University

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