[N] 2005 12 meter long prehistoric crocodile discovered in Giles County , Virginia
The remains of a gigantic extremely well preserved prehistoric crocodile nicknamed “Big Mikie” are unearthed by a team led by Dr. Hall, from a fossil site at Gilles County, more than 72% of this Deinosuchus like adult crocodile that weighed 11 tons is this far discovered along other vertebrates, invertebrates and plants enclosed in a thick layer of matrix, in comparison a modern day adult African elephant weighs approximately 5.5 to 7 tons. These massive crocodiles most likely preyed on duckbilled dinosaurs that lived beside this crocodile in a tropical climate. The skull length length is 1,8 meter, there are 33 scutes that run down on each side for a total of 66. Ribstructures are from 1,2 meter to 1,4 meter long. The leg bones are all about 0,6 meter in length. Dr. Hall explained: “Millions of years ago, the world was very different from the way it appears now. The Appalachian mountains range was eroded away almost to sealevel. The ocean was 250 meters higher that it is at present. The temperature was almost constant 35 degrees C. (95 F). There was very litlle in the way of seasons and the polar caps were almost non existent. Between the Appalachian thrust belt and the edge of the ocean, there was great, vast coastal plain which went from New Jersey to Georgia . This coastal plain was a vast lowland of Brackish to fresh water, as you moved inland.” Along with the discoveries mentioned above other fossils that have been uncovered include tracks and trackways of other crocodiles and reptiles. Also uncovered were pieces of plants , fibers of bark, invertebrates and the tracks of invertebrates. The crocodile will be unveiled at a location, to be announced, for the public to see after assembly.