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A prehistoric croc that came from New Jersey



PHILADELPHIA - About 65 million years ago, when most of New Jersey was
underwater and the rest was a fetid swamp, a crocodile died in
present-day Gloucester County and sank to the bottom of the sea.
Scientists from Drexel University and the New Jersey State Museum know
this because they found what remains of the reptile lying submerged in
the greenish, sandy clay known locally as "marl."
It is one of the most complete skeletons yet recovered of Thoracosaurus
neocesariensis, a fish-eating crocodile whose remains usually consist of
a stray tooth or two. The fossil, discovered in April, will be displayed
in Drexel's Stratton Hall starting Jan. 23, for about a year before
heading to the state museum in Trenton.
Rest of story:
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/13652703.htm

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
Chief Preparator
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
 
Phone: 303-370-6392
Fax: 303-331-6492
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