New Species of Ancient "Swamp Monster" Discovered; Lived in Once-Tropical Texas

National Geographic- Skulls of a 17-foot-long, crocodile-like creature have been discovered.

Scientists say the fossils of an ancient "swamp monster" that roamed the wilds of West Texas are those of a new species.


Paleontologists dubbed the ancient creature M. lottorum after the Lott family, which owns the Texas Panhandle ranch where the two skulls were discovered in the summer of 2001. The first skull the scientists found wasn't well preserved, but a few weeks later, when Doug Cunningham, a field research assistant at the Museum of Texas Tech University and co-author of the study, dug up the second skull, they were shocked.

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