Crocodiles are terrifying creatures. They lurk underwater looking for their next meal and if you happen to be caught unawares, you might find yourself in a very tight spot. That’s why it’s surprising to hear that some ancient crocodiles not only were able to eat leafy greens but also preferred a vegetarian diet.
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The research, which was published in Current Biology, is based on fossils that survived long after many of the ancient crocodile species became extinct. The study reveals that forks in the crocodile family tree resulted in species that favored plants at least three times in history.
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