Archive for the ‘Crocodilia’ Category

Crocodiles & whales

These two animals, who seemingly are not related at all, do in fact have something in common. They both have jaws lined with conical teeth and a similar array of snout shapes. According the article over at Scientific American entitled “Why Crocodiles Look Like Whales: Shared dining habits have fueled a “remarkable” case of evolutionary convergence” by Brian Switek , the reason for this is convergence. So go converge on the article.

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Croc surfin safari

Now this is something you don’t see everyday, a crocodile doing a little surfing. Check out the video “Giant Crocodile Takes to Surf, Prompting Beach Closure in Australia” by Pete Thomas over at GrindTV. Heck, I didn’t even know they like to surf.

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What can’t crocodiles do?

It seems that I’ve posted my share of articles on crocodiles the last few months but apparently there’s more to their story. I just saw over at the Environmental News Network the article entitled “Time to Start Looking Up: Crocodiles Can Climb Trees” by S.E. Smith via Care2. Wow!

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The crocodile family tree

Apparently the crocodile family has a new branch in the family tree. According to the article “More Crocodile Species Discovered” over at the New York Times, scientist believe that the crocodiles in West Africa are a distinct species that diverged from those in Central Africa somewhere around seven million years ago.

The results of this study were published over at the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and can be found here.

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Crocs continued

After writing that post last night, I remembered this morning about another article that I read on crocodile’s entitled “Venezuela’s Fitful Effort to Save a Scaly Predator” by William Neuman over at the New York Times. This one is, according to the article,  on the verge of extinction.  Here’s hoping that will change.

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Crocs

No, I’m not talking about the shoes (which by the way, my son always seems to wear when he’s over here) but rather the ancient crocodiles. Those amazing animals that have been around for millions of years.

Anyway, they’ve been in the news lately because it appears now that they use tools to hunt. This according to the article “Alligators and Crocodiles Use Tools to Hunt, in a First” by Douglas Main at LiveScience.

I also recently came across this informative article on one particular species of the crocodile in which I was unaware of, the Cuban Crocodile. The article is entitled “Sunday Species Snapshot: Cuban Crocodile” by John R. Platt at the Extinction Countdown blog over at Scientific American. I guess as the old adage goes, you learn something new everyday.

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