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Philippines's killer crocodile is largest in captivity

Guinness World Records has declared that a huge crocodile blamed for deadly attacks in the southern Philippines is the largest in captivity in the world. The giant reptile has brought pride, fear, tourism revenues and attention to the remote town where it was captured.
The salt-water crocodile named Lolong, which was captured last September in Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur province, measures 6.17 metres and weighs more than a ton, Guinness spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse said in a statement seen Sunday. The reptile took the top spot from an Australian crocodile which measured more than 5 metres and weighed nearly a ton.

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UI professor identifies largest known crocodile

A crocodile large enough to swallow humans once lived in East Africa, according to a University of Iowa researcher.
Brochu's paper on the discovery of a new crocodile species was just published in the May 3 issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The new species lived between 2 and 4 million years ago in Kenya. It resembled its living cousin, the Nile crocodile, but was more massive.
The crocodile Crocodylus thorbjarnarsoni is named after John Thorbjarnarson, famed crocodile expert and Brochu's colleague who died of malaria while in the field several years ago.

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A newly-discovered species of prehistoric crocodile has been named after the writer Rudyard Kipling.
The 130-million-year-old specimen, now called Goniopholis Kiplini, was found in Swanage, Dorset, by the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site team in 2009.

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Oldest known croc had shield-like head

The oldest known species of crocodile had an armour-plated head and a body half the length of a train carriage, according to research by US scientists who identified the now-extinct creature.
Nicknamed 'Shieldcroc' for its impressive head plate, the aquatic reptile swam in the waters of Africa some 95 million years ago and is the newest discovery of an ancient crocodile species, says the study in the journal PLoS ONE .

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A giant prehistoric crocodile like creature, 'Shieldcroc', which existed 99 million years ago could be the ancestor of modern day crocodiles and alligators, a new study has suggested.
'Shieldcroc's name comes from the fact that it had a shield-like bony plate on the top of its skull.
The period 99 million years ago is often known as the "Age of Dinosaurs" but researchers are now also calling it the "Age of Crocs".

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Big fossil croc may have competed with giant snake

The fossilised remains of 6m-long extinct crocodile relatives have been discovered in a mine in Colombia.
The massive croc would have lived at the same time as the world's largest-known snake and may even have competed with it for food.

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India's largest croc bank to welcome more crocs

The largest crocodile bank of the country in Chennai is gearing up to welcome four more crocodile species to its collection.
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, located on the East Coast Road near here, will receive the new reptiles "by end of September or beginning October 2011," its Director, Colin James Stevenson, told.

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A massive crocodile weighing one tonne has been caught by villagers in a remote area of the Philippines. At 6.4m, it is thought to be one of the biggest ever caught alive.
After destroying four traps, hunters caught the crocodile in one made from steel cables. About 100 people from Bunawan township joined together to pull it to a clearing.

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Rare find alters origins and distribution of Terminonaris; first home was Texas and North America - not Europe

Making its first appearance in Texas, a prehistoric crocodile thought to have originated in Europe now appears to have been a native of the Lone Star State.
The switch in origins for the genus known as Terminonaris is based on the identification of a well-preserved, narrow fossil snout that was discovered along the shoreline of a lake near Dallas.
The 96-million-year-old fossil from Texas is the oldest prehistoric crocodile of its kind in the world, according to paleontologist Thomas L. Adams at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who identified the reptile.
A distant cousin of modern crocodiles and alligators, Terminonaris was similar to the modern-day Indian gharial, only much larger.

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Fossils of a new species of ancient crocodile cousin have been found in limestone once destined for Italian kitchen countertops, a new study says.
The fossils were originally discovered in a limestone quarry in Ferrara, Italy, in 1955 after workers sliced a huge block into four slabs and found the bones trapped inside.

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