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Oldest croc eggs discovered in dinosaur nest


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The crocodilian eggs are remarkably well preserved. Credit: Octávio Mateus (@source)

“The oldest crocodilian eggs known to science have been discovered in the cliffs of western Portugal.

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.

Crocodilians 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.”” (…) READ MORE

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)