Jurassic crocodile unearthed in Jura mountain

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A 150-million-year-old marine crocodile has been unearthed during motorway construction works on Monday.

25 November 2008

GENEVA – Swiss dinosaur experts on Monday exhumed the skeleton of a 150 million year-old marine crocodile unearthed during motorway construction works in the Jura mountain, Swiss news agency ATS reported.

The remains of the 'Metriorhynchus' - a carnivorous crocodile which weighed 300 kilograms - were hoisted out of the ground by a truck-mounted crane and were encased in three tonnes of sediment so as not to damage the fossil, ATS said.

It was the first specimen of Metriorhynchus ever to be discovered in Switzerland.

The Ajoie region in the Swiss Jura is rich in dinosaur fossils and the current motorway works have revealed more than 5,000 remains.

[AFP / Expatica]

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