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New Species of 200 Million-Year-Old Phytosaur

phytosaur machaeroprosopus lottorum museum of texas tech university new species

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:59 PM

A new species of an ancient phytosaur has been unearthed following an examination of the remains of one the ancient creatures found in Texas.

Scientists from the Museum of Texas Tech University discovered the creature, which had died and sank to the bottom of a lake approximately 205 million years ago.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 04:06 PM

If it's like a crocodile, I wouldn't expect it to have gone extint, since crocodiles and sharks live so long and really haven't changed. I would think we'd still be seeing this phytosaur.


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Posted 01 February 2014 - 05:42 AM

Or they are victoriously wrong since the carbon dating science is like playing lottery. Could be just a regular crocodile.

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 01:32 AM

They are certainly wrong if they used carbon dating, considering it's only good to around 60,000 years before present.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 12:05 AM



Just goes to show how perfectly designed by nature the crocodilian is...200 million years and still immune to evolutionary pressures.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 05:11 AM

But not immune to Cajuns

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 07:22 AM

Ahhh... The Cajuns and their love of swampy delights have projected them to the top of the food chain...serves the crocodilians right for tasting like chicken.






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