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2011-07-21 09:15:00

Rare find alters origins and distribution of Terminonaris; first home was Texas and North America "” not Europe By Margaret Allen, SMU Making its first appearance in Texas, a prehistoric crocodile thought to have originated in Europe now appears to have been a native of the Lone Star State. The switch in origins for the genus known as Terminonaris is based on the identification of a well-preserved, narrow fossil snout that was discovered along the shoreline of a lake near Dallas. The...

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2011-05-15 09:45:00

The Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations released a new study recommending a disease screening program for farm-raised caiman in ranching facilities in Argentina to ensure the safety of people and wildlife alike.The recommendations focus on two crocodilian species, the yacare caiman and broad-snouted caiman, both of which are reared in caiman ranches for sustainable harvest. The research team sought to assess the presence of potentially harmful bacteria in captive-raised...

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2010-08-04 15:40:00

Scientists reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature that they have discovered fossils of an ancient crocodile with mammal-like teeth in the Rukwa Rift Basin of Tanzania. The scientists said the new species of notosuchian crocodyliform is a small, cat-sized animal that was not as heavily armored as other crocodiles, except along the tail.  "If you only looked at the teeth, you wouldn't think this was a crocodile. You would wonder what kind of strange mammal or mammal-like...

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2010-06-07 09:15:12

The mystery of how the world's largest living reptile - the estuarine crocodile - has come to occupy so many South Pacific islands separated by huge stretches of ocean despite being a poor swimmer has at last been solved by a group of Australian ecologists. Publishing their new study in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, they say that like a surfer catching a wave, the crocodiles ride ocean currents to cross large areas of open sea. The estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus...

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2009-10-08 07:55:00

Discovery may lead to understanding of dinosaur mating habits Alligators display the same loyalty to their mating partners as birds reveals a study published Oct. 7 in Molecular Ecology. The ten-year-study by scientists from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory reveals that up to 70% of females chose to remain with their partner, often for many years. The team, led by Drs. Travis Glenn, Ruth Elsey, Tracey Tuberville and Stacey Lance, spent a decade examining the mating system of alligators...

2009-07-28 19:49:11

Australian researchers have created the first genetic linkage map for the giant saltwater crocodile, aiding in its genetic sequencing, the researchers said. The crocodile is a very charismatic organism, but with surprisingly very little genetic or genomic resources available prior to this map, University of Sydney genomics researcher Lee Miles said. The research will also help in understanding the molecular evolution of reptilian and other genomes of egg-laying animals, including mammals and...

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2009-04-17 09:55:00

During the last 540 million years, the earth's oxygen levels have fluctuated wildly. Knowing that the dinosaurs appeared around the time when oxygen levels were at their lowest at 12%, Tomasz Owerkowicz, Ruth Elsey and James Hicks wondered how these monsters coped at such low oxygen levels. But without a ready supply of dinosaurs to test their ideas on, Owerkowicz and Hicks turned to a modern relative: the alligator. 'We knew testing the effects of different oxygen levels would work with...

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2008-12-12 15:53:36

You'd think that if scientists were to discover a new species, it would be in some remote, uncharted tropical forest, not a laboratory in New York. But a team from the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History has done the unexpected. Looking at the genes of the African dwarf crocodile, researchers found that the group"”genetically speaking"”comprises three distinct species rather than one. This not only ends a long debate about the...

2008-02-05 08:31:15

Crocodiles are ferocious creatures that will eat snakes, buffalo, cattle and even people. New research explains crocodiles' spectacular method of digesting large meals that lets them eat 23 percent of their body weight at once, bones and all. If people could gorge like crocodiles, a 130-pound woman could down a 30-pound hamburger in one sitting. The secret behind this champion eating is a heart valve that crocs control neurologically, which lets blood bypass the lungs and flow...

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2008-01-14 09:40:00

An unusual dinosaur has been shown to have a skull that functioned like a fish-eating crocodile, despite looking like a dinosaur. It also possessed two huge hand claws, perhaps used as grappling hooks to lift fish from the water.An unusual dinosaur has been shown to have a skull that functioned like a fish-eating crocodile, despite looking like a dinosaur. It also possessed two huge hand claws, perhaps used as grappling hooks to lift fish from the water.Dr Emily Rayfield at the University of...


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2007-03-19 15:14:21

The Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, is one of two surviving members of the family Gavialidae. The Gharial (also known as gavial) is found in small numbers in India and other small populations in the Kaladan and Ayeyarwady River basins in Myanmar. Most gharials are adapted to calmer areas in deep fast moving rivers. They rarely leave the water and do so only to bask in the sun or nest on sandbanks near the river. The gharial is the second-longest of all living crocodilians. A large male can...

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2007-01-23 14:56:02

The Spectacled Caiman, Caiman crocodilus, is a crocodilian reptile found in much of Central and South America. It lives in a range of lowland wetland and river habitat and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh. Due to this adaptable behavior, it is the most common species of caiman. Males of this species are between 6 and 8.2 feet long, while females are smaller, usually around 4 and a half feet long. The species' common name comes from the bony ridge between the eyes, which give the...

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2007-01-23 14:33:18

The False Gharial or Malayan Gharial, Tomistoma schlegelii, is a fresh-water reptile, resembling a crocodile. This animal is native to six river systems in Sumatra and Malaysia. It is also found in Borneo, Java, Vietnam, Thailand and possibly Sulawesi. In Thailand, the Gharial has not been seen since 1970. There have also been fossils found in Southern China that indicate it once survived there as well. The female Gharial usually matures at 17-118 inches in length . The False Gharial,...

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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