Does This Mean a Crocoduck Might Actually Have Existed…?

Seen in the New Zealand Herald:

The study in question, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, can be read here.

(Thanks to Dave for the link!)

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  • Charles M Taylor

    Anatosuchus is the “crocoduck”.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor


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  • trj

    About the usual level of scientific accuracy I expect from the average newspaper. If a crocodilian ancestor lived on land it must have behaved like a dog, if it lived in the sea it behaved like a whale.

    I just skimmed the research paper, and it unsurprisingly says nothing of the sort.

  • JA

    Well damn, guess we can now give Kirk Cameron exactly what he’s been demanding all these years…

  • Mick

    I can’t find that NZ Herald story at their site; not even using their search engine.

  • guest

    Tetrapod zoology covered this a while back. Crocodilians were much more diverse back then, there was even one that ate grass. Maybe there was a crocodilian way back when that filled the niche of a duck, but (for the benefit of the creationists) it wouldn’t have been a half-duck half-croc monster, but its own kind of animal.

    Something about ducks too:

    There’s a ‘boar-croc’ too, called Kaprosuchus.

  • ZenDruid

    I have a minor bone to pick about the nomenclature of ‘crocoduck’. The convention is to put the father’s species first, which means the croc fucked the duck. I don’t see the outcome of this as anything other than the duck as a postcoital snack.

    On the other hand, if the duck fucked the croc (and I can definitely see a mallard drake doing that) and ended up as the postcoital snack, no harm done to the gametes.

    Thus, “Duckodile”.

  • JWH

    I don’t believe in the crocoduck. But I know the sharknado is real.

    • chicago dyke, TOWAN

      damn skippy!