Jody Victor : New Dinosaur Discovered by OSU Grad

Jody Victor : At the southern tip of South America paleontologists Zulma Gasparini and Luis Spalletti of the National University of La Plata in Argentina, found fossils of an entirely new species of ancient crocodile. Diego Pol, a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University, determined that the creature belongs on the crocodile family tree. Unlike other marine crocodiles of the time with their long, skinny snouts and needle-like teeth, this one had massive jaws and jagged teeth that would have made it a fearsome predator in the sea 135 million years ago. Due to its hefty size and T. rex-like snout, Dakosaurus andiniensis has earned the nickname Godzilla.

The National Geographic Society funded the project and will feature an article in the December 2005 issue of National Geographic Magazine.  

For more info and pictures of the find go to osu.edu

Jody Victor