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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, August 06, 2007

Fossils From Supercrocodile Found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

An ancient crocodile, as big as a Tyrannosaurus, prowed swamps in what is now Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Paleontologists say it was so big, it snacked on 10-foot sturgeons and devoured land-dwelling dinosaurs.

The creature's jaw shape and the position of its teeth suggest the dinosaur is from a previously unidentified species and could represent a new genus category, said Alan Titus, paleontologist for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The fossil was found in an area of the Kaiparowits that had already yielded a new species of horned dinosaurs, a plant-eating hadrosaurs and a bird-like species known as a hagryphus.

The fossil is being stabalized and studied at a paleontology lab in Kanab. Eventually it will be housed at the Utah Museam of Natural History in Salt Lake, where it can be studied in more detail

The info above is taken from this KUTV news report. This Salt Lake Tribune article also describes the find.

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