Ancient Crocodiles May Have Walked on Two Feet

Experts have found evidence which indicates that ancient crocodiles could have been bipedal.

    2020/06/16

NSFW    JINJU, SOUTH KOREA — Experts have found evidence which indicates that ancient crocodiles could have been bipedal.

Experts from South Korea's Chinju National University of Education discovered many fossilized animal tracks in 2019 that they now believe could belong to an ancient crocodile that walked on two feet. Their research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

The team found the fossilized footprints at a site located west of Sacheon City in South Korea's South Gyeongsang Province. The team has named the animal Batrachopus grandis.

The footprints measure up to 24 centimeters in length and the heel print, digits and impressions of the pads look very similar to those of crocodile track marks, the BBC reports, citing Professor Martin Lockley from the University of Colorado at Denver, a co-author of the study.

The Batrachopus grandis legs were about the same height as a human adults' legs. The fact that there are no tracks of the ancient crocodiles' tails dragging behind them and the closeness of the footprints suggests this animal could have been bipedal.
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