Crocodile with Laterally Compressed Snout: First Find in Australia

  title={Crocodile with Laterally Compressed Snout: First Find in Australia},
  author={Ralph E. Molnar},
  pages={62 - 64}
  • R. Molnar
  • Published 1 July 1977
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Science
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. 


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Mahoney assisted in sundry matters related to the study

    Ritchie of the Australian Museum made the specimen available for study, and he and Dr

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