Now they seem exotic animals to us, but millions of years ago, african crocodiles they were part of the fauna of our peninsula. This is what an article published in the Journal of Paleontology.
This work, published a few weeks ago, collects the discoveries of fossils from Crocodylus checchiai, an extinct species from countries like Libya or Kenya, in the area of Venta del Moro, in Valencia, between 1995 and 2006.
These are two specimens of 3 meters in length. For belonging to the species Crocodylus checchiai, paleontologists believe that these crocodiles dispersed from Africa to Europe in the Miocene, six million years ago.
Animals colonized the shores of Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia, as well as the Balearic Islands.
Furthermore, the finding of two individuals may indicate that there were large populations.
This species, now extinct, was capable of move through salt water and it is believed as the ancestor of the marine crocodiles that exist today.