Prehistoric Croc Unearthed in Arlington

In a veritable Jurassic business park

Though a picture of modern, developed, Cenozoic era-living now, the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex was once burgeoning with prehistoric life, as evidenced by its numerous fossils that become unearthed.

However, paleontologists have made what they call their most important discovery to date at the famous Arlington Archosaur Site in North Arlington – a crocodile with two-and-a-half-inch long teeth, which they believe lived 100 million years ago, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"We have over 50 bones exposed," said The University of Texas at Arlington dinosaurs lecturer Derek Main, who heads the project. "They are truly impressive. The teeth measure 6.5 centimeters, larger than my thumb."

The Arlington Archosaur site has yielded more fossils than any other paleontological site in the Metroplex, and particularly a new species of T-rex earlier this year.

Holly LaFon has written and worked for various local publications including D Magazine and Examiner.

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