Pallimnarchus sp.

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  • Pallimnarchus is a giant freshwater crocodile reaching 6-7 metres long.
  • Lived between 4 million — 40,000 years ago.
  • Thick skull with large conical teeth.
  • Thick square armour plates called osteoderms.
  • Large vertebrate hunter.
  • Part of the extinct crocodile group called mekosuchine crocodilians.
  • Found across central, eastern and northern Australia.
  • Inhabited Australian inland rivers and lakes during the Pliocene and Pleistocene.
  • Currently two species known.
silhouettes of a human and a crocodile
Reconstruction of the giant freshwater crocodile, Pallimnarchus. Image: Queensland Museum, Vlad Konstantinov, Andrey Atuchin & Scott Hocknull.

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