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Monster crocodile fossil found in Oz
Melbourne, August 07, 2012
First Published: 13:40 IST(7/8/2012)
Last Updated: 14:36 IST(7/8/2012)
A tourist in a cage partially immersed in a crocodile pen in Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin. (file pic)

Researchers have found what they believe to be the jawbone of an ancient “monster” crocodile at a remote station in northwest Queensland.

According to them the extinct saltie could have been the length of a Brisbane City Council bus and may have once roamed as far south as the state’s capital.

University of Queensland palaeontologist Gilbert Price said the fossil was found by masters student Bok Khoo, from the University of NSW, during a dig last month.

“It would have been a monster, bigger than anything we have likely seen before,” the Courier Mail quoted Dr Price as saying.

“Possibly the biggest in Australia. It did not have any teeth attached but the tooth sockets alone were 35mm-40mm wide so you can imagine the teeth it had,” he said.

The front lower jaw bone was found near an abandoned road crossing along the Leichhardt River, near Floraville station, on July 10.

It was found in an ancient riverbed deposit formed during the Pliocene and Pleistocene periods, one to two million years ago.

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