Research explains why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs

IMAGE: The crocodiles have had a much greater diversity of forms in the past. Examples include fast runners, digging and burrowing forms, herbivores, and ocean-going species view more  Credit: University of Bristol New research by scientists at the University of Bristol explains how a ‘stop-start’ pattern of evolution, governed by environmental change, could explain why crocodiles […]

Research explains why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs

The crocodiles have had a much greater diversity of forms in the past. Examples include fast runners, digging and burrowing forms, herbivores, and ocean-going species. Credit: University of Bristol New research by scientists at the University of Bristol explains how a ‘stop-start’ pattern of evolution, governed by environmental change, could explain why crocodiles have changed […]

Ancient crocodiles’ family tree reveals unexpected twists and turns — ScienceDaily

Scientists probing a prehistoric crocodile group’s shadowy past have discovered a timeless truth — pore over anyone’s family tree long enough, and something surprising will emerge. Despite 300 years of research, and a recent renaissance in the study of their biological make-up, the mysterious, marauding teleosauroids have remained enduringly elusive. Scientific understanding of this distant […]

Ancient crocodiles’ family tree reveals unexpected twists and turns

Artist’s impression of Macrospondylus- an extinct fossil group of teleosauriods. Credit: Nikolay Zverkov Scientists probing a prehistoric crocodile group’s shadowy past have discovered a timeless truth—pore over anyone’s family tree long enough, and something surprising will emerge. Despite 300 years of research, and a recent renaissance in the study of their biological make-up, the mysterious, […]

African crocodiles lived in Spain six million years ago

IMAGE: A crocodile next to a mastodon of the genus Anancus and primitive horses of the genus Hipparion in a similar environment to what could have been Valencia six million years… view more  Credit: José Antonio Peñas (SINC) Millions of years ago, several species of crocodiles of different genera and characteristics inhabited Europe and sometimes even […]