Prehistoric crocodyliform skull

Prehistoric crocodyliform skull

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Caption: Prehistoric crocodyliform skull. This cast of a fossil skull is a specimen of the crocodyliform reptile Dyrosaurus phosphaticus. It is thought that this species was a fish-eating predator similar to the modern gharial, with a long snout and recurved teeth. Skull lengths of around a metre have been reported. This fossil is from Morocco, and dates from 50 million years ago during the Eocene, around the time true crocodiles (Crocodylidae) were beginning to evolve.

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