Crocodile with Laterally Compressed Snout: First Find in Australia

Science  01 Jul 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4298, pp. 62-64
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4298.62


A crocodilian skull exhibiting a high, laterally compressed snout has been found in a cave in north Queensland. No teeth are preserved, but elliptical alveoli suggest a ziphodont dentition. This is the first known occurrence of such a crocodilian in Australia and probably the most recent in the world. The specimen is not referable to any known species.