Researchers say they have been able to solve a long-waiting debate about an inexistent horned crocodile. Which lives amongst humans in Madagascar, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It says that this particular crocodile, Voay Robustus, was closely linked to the modern-day “true” crocodiles. However, on a distinct branch of the crocodile family tree. Based on DNA research, experts at the American Museum of Natural History mention they have sought to address the questions that go on in spite of 150 years of research.
The analysis, issues in the journal, Communications Biology, also indicates that the modern-day crocodiles likely invented from Africa. Madagascar which is in the vicinity of the south-eastern coast of Africa is amongst the world’s leading islands.
The horned crocodile has two skinny knobs at the top of its head. The study focuses on two skulls that the museum had within its own since the early 1930s. These skulls are as old as 1,300 to 1,400 years and their discovery is throughout an excursion to southwest Madagascar, the museum mentions.
In the initial 20th century, the samples were felt to represent very old Nile crocodiles. In 2007, research concludes that the horned crocodile was not a true crocodile.
Also in the 1870s, it was first portrayed as a new variety inside the “true crocodile” group, which includes the following crocodile:
Evon Hekkala, the top author of the study, said in a report issued on the museum’s site. It states that the heavy-built horned crocodile was on the island when individuals were constructing the pyramids. Also, probably when pirates stuck there as early as 9,000 years previously. The horned crocodiles were “crucial to understanding” the story of all the crocodiles alive today. Which includes the Nile crocodile, adds Hekkala, also a research associate at the museum.
The report mentions that primary explorers note that Malagasy citizens, the natives of Madagascar, regularly spoke about two types of crocodiles on the island:
- Large crocodile
- Slender crocodile
However, now only the discovery of the slender type on the island and in the Nile delta.