Artist representation of Magyarosuchus, the five-meter long ancestor of modern crocodiles. Credit: Márton Szabó
Large-bodied fossil monster is missing link in crocodile evolution - science news paleontology in brief

A fossil found hidden in the mountain of Hungary, in 1996, provided valuable information about how crocodiles evolved, according to a new study. The prehistoric animal was five meters long and it lived 180 million years ago, during the Jurassic. It shares features with two families of prehistoric crocodiles: it had a heavy armor, but also a tail fin. These anatomical details identify it as a very likely candidate for the missing link between the two groups. The newly identified species was baptized Magyarosuchus.

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Scientific publication: PeerJ