Palaeontologists have recently discovered fossils of the ancient ‘marine crocodile Turnersuchus hingleyae.
About ‘Turnersuchus Hingleyae’ –
- The fossils uncovered on the Jurassic Coast in the United Kingdom include part of the head, backbone, and limbs of Turnersuchus hingleyae.
- Its age dates back to the early Jurassic, Pliensbachian period, which was about 185 million years ago.
- Due to their relatively long, slender snouts, they would likely have looked similar to the currently living Gharial crocodiles.
About the Pliensbachian period –
- It occurred between 190.8 million and 182.7 million years ago during the Early Jurassic Period.
- The stage’s name is derived from the village of Pliensbach, Germany.