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Guinea-zilla? World's largest rodent identified as ancient sibling to guinea pigs
Roughly the size of a buffalo, a giant rodent that roamed the banks of an ancient Venezuelan river some 8 million years ago, dining on sea grass and dodging crocodiles, was an evolutionary sibling to modern-day guinea pigs. (2003-09-18)

World's most endangered alligator released in China
Three adult Chinese alligators - the world's most endangered crocodilian species - were successfully released in China recently by a team of biologists in an effort to help restore the species to the Yangtze River valley, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today. (2003-06-05)

Dinosaur cannibal unearthed in Madagascar
The exotic island of Madagascar, situated off the southeast coast of Africa, was a dangerous place to live 65 million to 70 million years ago. Crocodiles swarmed in the rivers, and a 30-foot-long, meat-eating dinosaur named Majungatholus atopus stalked the plains. Like most carnivorous dinosaurs, Majungatholus had teeth perfectly suited for ripping into flesh. But what was on the menu? Until now, this question has remained a mystery. (2003-04-02)

Field Museum plays key role in massive project to map Tree of Life
National Science Foundation has launched an ambitious, multi-disciplinary, 15-20 year program to fill in and flesh out the Tree of Life. Field Museum scientists will help lead three of the seven grants awarded to researchers worldwide to construct a new framework for understanding the evolutionary relationships between all species, extinct and living. Phylogenetic information helps scientists focus research; track the spread of diseases; develop medicines and agrochemical products; conserve species; control invasive species; restore ecosystems. (2002-10-30)

Yale and University of Chicago researchers discover 40-foot crocodile fossil, possibly the largest known so far
The bones of a 40-foot crocodile that dined on dinosaurs and 12-foot-long fish have been discovered by researchers at Yale and at the University of Chicago in the Cretaceous rocks in Niger, Africa. (2001-10-31)

Science Report: Super-crocodile crawls out of the African Cretaceous
Researchers report newly discovered skulls and skeletons of a giant crocodile-like reptile from Cretaceous (about 112 million-year old) deposits in Niger. The massive animal, Sarchosuchus imperator, may have included dinosaurs in its diet. (2001-10-25)

Dinosaurs' large noses may have been key to physiological processes
With only bones for clues, scientists continue to puzzle over many details of dinosaur appearances and physiology. Detective work by a paleontologist at Ohio University now indicates that the creatures' fleshy nasal passages were larger than had been thought, which could lead to more-realistic depictions and greater understanding of their respiratory functions. (2001-08-02)

Nile crocodiles threatened by alien weed
Nile Crocodiles face local extinction at Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa, due to the invasion of an exotic weed in their nesting habitat. Earthwatch-supported scientists Drs. Alison Leslie (University of Stellenbosch) and James Spotila (Drexel University) report that the plant shades nesting areas, significantly cooling nest temperatures and resulting in primarily female hatchlings due to temperature-dependent sex determination. (2001-06-18)

Once thought extinct, Siamese crocodile is photographed in Siam
A team of conservationists led by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have re-discovered the Siamese crocodile in Thailand (formally known as Siam), capturing the animal on film while surveying for tigers. (2001-04-18)

Survivors may have 32 endangered species living in their mouths
Crocodiles, poisonous snakes and the scorching sun are not the only things the Survivors have to fear. Neglected oral hygiene may also put the survival of their teeth at jeopardy. A Journal of Periodontology study followed a group of 15 third-year dental students who gave up oral hygiene activities for 21 days to monitor the effects on their oral health. By day 21, all subjects exhibited signs of gingivitis, including plaque and overt clinical inflammation. (2001-03-18)

Chinese 'dragon' nears extinction, biologists warn
As Chinese communities throughout the world celebrate the Year of the Dragon, China's true dragon -- the Chinese alligator -- teeters on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 150 remaining in the wild according to a report released today by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). (2000-02-09)

Gene Study Shows Turtles Are Next Of Kin To Crocodiles And Alligators
Turtles, not birds, are the closest relatives of crocodiles and alligators, according to an analysis of the largest available collection of reptile genes. The study's conclusions contradict decades of research based on anatomical studies, which had firmly positioned birds as the reptile group most closely related to crocodiles and alligators. (1999-02-12)

Montana State University Scientist Contributes To Latest Dinosaur Discovery
Egg shell analysis by a researcher at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., help confirm findings of rare sauropod embryos in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Frankie Jackson, a research associate at Montana State University-Bozeman, is one of six scientists who described the discovery in the Nov. 19 issue of the journal Nature. (1998-11-25)

New Studies Shed Light On Facial Features Of Popular Dinosaurs
Studies by an Ohio University paleontologist suggest that contrary to popular belief, Tyrannosaurus rex probably didn't have lips and Triceratops most likely didn't have cheeks. The assertion could have implications for scientists who study these extinct animals and the toy manufacturers, movie set designers and artists whose recreations of dinosaurs now seem inaccurate. (1998-10-01)

Strange South American Fossil Mammals Found In Madagascar And India
A strange group of fossil mammals, heretofore only known in South America, has been discovered on the island of Madagascar and in India. The unexpected discoveries were announced in this week's issue of the journal Nature by an international team of researchers. The team was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by paleontologist David Krause of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. (1997-12-03)

Keys To Predicting Climate: Monsoons, Hippos And A Wet Stone Age Sahel
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists are a step closer to solving a climatological riddle of the early Stone Age when, in what is now North African desert, hippos and crocodiles abounded, Neolithic fishermen thrived on the shores of numerous shallow lakes, and grasslands stretched to the horizon. (1997-10-16)

Mummified Crocs Disgorge Treasure Trove
Ancient papyrus documents that survived thousands of years as wrapping and stuffing for mummified crocodiles are being restored at UC Berkeley with technology adapted from silicon chip manufacturing. A mummified crocodile and the papyrus collection will be on display for press viewing Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Bancroft Library (1996-12-06)

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