A crocodile - but different

12 Dec 2010

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101210094416.htm ... a paper in the Journal of Vertebrae Paleontology 30 (December 8th) has come up with some interesting biological differences, as it seems crocodiles come in a variety of adaptations to habitat - long snouts and pug nosed snouts, long tails and shortish tails, lithe bodies and pudgy

middle parts etc. Crocodiles have anatomically adapted to a variety of different landscapes - as climate change can force such things to happen. Tropical forest can switch to savannah, for example, but what would crocodiles do when the rivers are full of others and they are forced to forage in the long grass? Crocodiles were never a static living fossil. They adapted into niche environs just like any other species - even in the Dinosaur age. The illustration above is of a crocodile that lived out of water in a savannah like environment, completely unadapted to moving quickly and grabbing prey by its mouth. It was just two feet long with a blunt snout and short tail and it was, it seems, a browser - feeding on plants. Many other kinds of crocodiles appear in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrae Paleontology that has just been published.