Turnersuchus hingleyae

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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. 

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.


Q1) What is Gharial?

It is a large fish-eating crocodile with a long, narrow snout that widens at the  nostrils, native to the Indian subcontinent.

Source: Newly-discovered ancient ‘marine crocodile’ fossil could be the oldest of its kind ever found