Australian researchers dubbed a newly classified prehistoric crocodile the “swamp king”, “assuming it could have been up to 16 1/2 feet and would be similar to their modern day descendants if they were” on steroids “.
A journal called Peerj was published this week by Jorgo Ristevsky, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland and his colleagues.
Since 1886, researchers have called prehistoric crocodiles of that era based on fossil fragments found in southeastern Queensland.
But recent examinations of a partial skull found in the 1980s by Australian fossil collector Geoff Vincent showed enough new features that it is “the basis of a new genus and species – Paludirex vincenti,” according to the paper.
“, We named the new genus Paludirex, a name that came with my co-author, Dr. Adam Yates, which means ‘swamp king’ in Latin,” Ristevsky said in an interview with Peeraj. “The species name, Vincenti, is in honor of the late Mr. Geoff Vincent.”
Ristevsky painted a picture of this terrifying animal, one that would be “one of the top predators in southeastern Queensland during the Pliocene era, dating back to 5.33 and 2.58 million years ago.”
“If you imagine Paludirex Vincenti in life, it would probably look like an Indo-Pacific crocodile on steroids!” According to Ristevsky.
The sinister creature feasted on possibly large prehistoric kangaroos and the giant diprotodontid marsupials that lived near southeastern Queensland’s lakes, rivers and marshes.