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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Jurassic Croc

Dinosaur obsession is typically a boy thing but I went through it as a child and I still love a good dino flick or story. Paleontologists are like the CSI team of ancient earth, the way they piece together a picture of what the world was like, with a healthy dose of educated guesses. Fantasy that was at one time perfectly real, or at least a reasonable facsimile.

I still love reading about new discoveries like this fossil of a relative of the marine crocodile. The 13 foot long monster was uncovered in Patagonia and lives again thanks to digitized flesh added. With four inch long teeth and presumably the agility of a crocodile, I'll bet it would have made sushi rolls out of the nastiest great white. That's a smackdown I'd love to see.


Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

There are lots of this croc's cousins at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan as well as other links in the evolutionary chain that I had no idea existed.

Meryl Streep even narrates a short film about telling you about the exhibitions and it's well worth an afternoon and the steep admission price.

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