Common Name: Giant Crocodile Scute Fossil
Genus/Species: Gavialosuchus (species has yet to be described)
Age: 28-30 Million Years Old
Location: Chatham County, Georgia, USA
This is an excellent Fossil Crocodile Boney Osteoderm or Scute. It is a gray-black colored armor plate or dermal scute from a Huge Miocene Crocodile. The Crocodile has an estimated length of 17 feet. Small amount of natural wear on scute and has high detail on fossil. This species from George has yet to be described. Maybe similar to (Gavailosuchus carolinesis). Actual Specimen Pictured & Guaranteed Authentic.
The large extinct saltwater American Crocodile was Gavialosuchus. The largest and most complete Gavialosuchus Skull was discovered in the central Florida Phosphate Mines, of the Bone Valley area (Polk County), near Tampa, Florida, in 1990.
It is from the Late Miocene Period and dated to an age of 5-7 Million Years Old.
This Skull measured 52 inches (132cm) in length and about 19 inches wide. It was a well-adapted skull for aquatic life that could stick just its snout out of the water to breath.
These Giant Prehistoric Crocodiles of Florida had a body length estimated to have been 31 feet (9.5M) and weighing in at 8800 lbs. or 4.4 US tons.
Thought to be fast swimmers, these long-snouted crocodiles were mainly fish eaters. Their crocodilian teeth were long and cone-shaped with a slight curve to them.
Crocodile osteoderms, or scutes, differ from Alligator Scutes, mainly in the fact that Crocodile scutes have no central ridge on them.
Teeth, vertebrae and osteoderms are the most common fossils found of Crocodilians, in Florida.
Today, only one living species of Crocodile can be found in the United States. It is Crocodylus acutus and it lives at the southern most part, of Florida, in mangrove forests.
Scute Size: 2.56" W x 2.87" L x .55" Thickness
Item #: CROC010