It may have gone extinct, but at least Confractosuchus died doing what it loved: chowing down on an ornithopod dinosaur.
Around 95 million years ago, a genus of Crocodyliform roamed in what is now Australia, crunching and munching on anything it could get its jaws around. It may have gone extinct, but at least Confractosuchus died doing what it loved: chowing down on an ornithopod dinosaur.
In 2010, the animal’s fossilised remains (a skull and postcranial skeleton sans tail or hind limbs) were discovered on Elderslie Station, near the north western margins of the Winton Formation. Not only is this the first evidence of a Crocodyliform eating a dinosaur, but the stomach contents of the predator represent the first recorded skeletal remains of ornithopods from the Winton Formation and may represent a new species entirely.