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Oldest crocodile eggs discovered

Thursday 09/March/2017 - 05:31 PM
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The oldest crocodile eggs known to science have been discovered in the cliffs of western Portugal. BBC reported
They are so well preserved that they give an insight into the "mother croc" that laid them 152 million years ago.
The prehistoric crocodile ancestor would have spanned two metres، based on the size of the larger eggs، say palaeontologists.
Crocodiles arose some 200 million years ago، when they prowled the land with early dinosaurs.
Today، they are found throughout the world and are successful predators.
"The fact that they are from the Late Jurassic makes these eggs the oldest crocodilian eggs known so far،" said João Russo of Universidade Nova de Lisboa، Portugal.
"This new discovery from Portugal extends the knowledge of this type of egg by approximately 40 million years."
Nehal Magdy


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