Crocodile

Additional images

Crocodile skute (armour) and tooth

Crocodiles are covered with a protective layer of hard, bony skutes and these have a very distinctive pattern even when worn by the sea as in this example. When you compare them to some of the armoured skull plates of the Triassic amphibians, it’s easy to understand why, when they were first found, they too were thought to be crocodiles. There are also two teeth in this image and they both show signs of wear.

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Common name

Crocodile

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Crocodiles and Turtles


Strata

Purbeck Beds

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Mrs Calkin

Museum

Swanage Museum

Accession number

SWNTB.1992.21