Giant worms terrorized the ancient seafloor from hidden death traps

Gigantic predatory marine worms that lived about 20 million years ago ambushed their prey by leaping at them from underground tunnels in the sea bottom, new fossils from Taiwan reveal.  These monster worms may have been ancestors of trap-jawed modern Bobbit worms (Eunice aphroditois), which also hide in burrows under the ocean floor and can […]

Ancient ‘swamp king’ monster croc once terrorized Australia

  A monster croc spanning 16 feet (5 meters) ruled the waterways of south-eastern Queensland in Australia millions of years ago. Researchers from the University of Queensland identified the reptilian giant — now dubbed “swamp king” — after studying its fossilized 25-inch-long (65 centimeters) skull, which was first uncovered in the 1980s.  In Latin, the […]