Saturday, March 07, 2009
On Saturday 7 March at 6pm at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory I'm giving a short presentation on crocodilians called Crocodile: Predator Evolved. Just to further encourage you to rush out of the door to get your seat, the headline act is Dr Paul Sereno (University of Chicago) giving a talk on fossil crocs including Supercroc. We're all hoping that Paul will tell us a little about a few recent fossil croc discoveries, creatures not quite as large as Supercroc but a whole lot more bizarre. In fact, it's the subject of a National Geographic documentary that we're filming with Paul here in Darwin at the moment. I don't think he can get over how remarkable galloping freshwater crocodiles are at close range - there's perhaps no better modern analogy for how these extinct terretrial predators used to hunt. If they didn't catch up with their prey, they probably scared them half to death from the sight!