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Re: Dwarf crocodile fossil found in Sao Paulo state, Brazil
Does anyone have a pdf of this little guy? I'd love to
nab a copy.
--- Roberto Takata <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> G1.COM.BR, 17-04-2007
> Scientist crew find dwarf crocodile in Sao Paulo
> State inland
> Remains was from an animal that lived 90 million
> years ago with dinosaurs.
> The discovery made in Marília city (SP) was
> announced in Rio de Janeiro.
> By Reinaldo José Lopes
> Amidst giants, it was a dwarf. While long-necked
> dinosaurs stomped over the land which would became
> the Sao Paulo State
> inland, a croc only 50-cm long, smaller even then an
> extant caiman,
> made its living too. The creature, christened
> navae/, had their remais described by Brazilian
> paleontologists, who
> showed them to the public in this tuesday (17).
> The animal was discovered in the place where a dam
> is under
> construction by William Nave, coordinator of the
> Museum of Marília (SP). Nave one of the greater
> fossil hunter of Sao
> Paulo state inlands, says that he had gone to the
> local where the dam
> is being erected to prospect for potential findings.
> "Almost always we
> find something interesting in those places. But when
> I've arrived the
> dam lake was already being filled." Even though, he
> found the /A.
> navae/ fossils in rocks that seems to date back till
> 90 million years
> The morphological analysis of the creature was made
> by Pedro Henrique
> Nobre and Ismar de Souza Carvalho, from Geological
> Department of Rio
> de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), and it had
> lead to the
> conclusion that the remais was from a new extinct
> crocodile species.
> For their finding, Nova was honoured with the
> species name /navae/.
> "What is most peculiar in that animal, is that it
> was very small, as a
> Chiuaua dog", said Carvalho. In the skull there are
> other odd
> features: eyes very big in relation to the head
> size, and very
> protruding anterior teeth.
> Merging those features with the small size, the
> researchers think that
> that animal was nocturnal - good reason to have
> large eyes - and prey
> upon small animais, maybe insects or even carrion.
> The teeth could
> help to grap the prey. Those characters are very
> unusual in modern day
> crocs. "I would say that it was a kind of Carmen
> Miranda - small, but
> a bombshell", jokes Carvalho.
> The study was published in "Gondwana Research" and
> was funded by Rio
> de Janeiro State Research Foundation (Faperj).
> Roberto Takata
"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer
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