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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2020 11:55 a.m. PST

… on two legs

"Fossil tracks preserved in a South Korean rock formation are the first footprint evidence that some ancient ancestors of modern crocodiles walked on two legs. The size and spacing of the 106-million-year-old tracks suggest the crocodylomorph was 2 to 3 meters long a fearsome predator similar in size to its modern descendants, researchers report June 11 in Scientific Reports.

The tracks were found in the fossil-rich Jinju Formation, home to the remains of a wide variety of animals including dinosaurs. It's tough to identify a species from footprints, says paleontologist Martin Lockley of the University of Colorado Denver. "Short of finding the animal dead in its tracks, there's always a little bit of uncertainty." But the beautifully preserved prints made it possible to attribute them to Batrachopus, a genus of fossil tracks known to be made by crocodylomorphs…"


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Extrabio194729 Jun 2020 3:14 p.m. PST

Now that's a bit scary; crocodiles running about on two legs…

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2020 8:45 p.m. PST


Upright lizards are one of the advanced species thought to be possible via evolution, so bring on more episodes of "V", and/or the Gorn Star Trek episodes, just for grins.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 12:26 p.m. PST

Glad you like them boys!. (smile)


saltflats192930 Jun 2020 8:05 p.m. PST

Don't we already know this from T-Rex when we were 6 years old?

Der Krieg Geist22 Jul 2020 10:14 p.m. PST

T-Rex is not classified as a Crocodlylomorph or even a lizard,although it is classified as a reptile so no, this is new information. :)

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