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He bit off more than he could chew! Fossil of two ancient 'crocodiles' shows how one died choking on the other - and it could fetch £150,000 at auction
The 300-million-year-old remains were discovered near Frankfurt, Germany Remarkably well-preserved fossil shows that larger 2ft amphibian, known as Sclerocephalus haeuseri, died of suffocation just after it bit smaller one Even minute details such as skin impressions and the sharp teeth of the larger animal have been perfectly preserved
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 14:40 GMT, 8 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:55 GMT, 8 October 2013

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The 300-million-year-old remains of two prehistoric amphibians that have been preserved as one choked on the other are to be sold at auction for £150,000. The fossilised creatures, that resemble modern crocodiles, were discovered in Rhineland-Palatinate, near Frankfurt in Germany, and are thought to be extremely rare. The ancient skeletons are in such good condition they show that the larger, 2ft creature died of suffocation just after it bit the smaller one in half.

between the Upper Carboniferous and the Lower Permian periods. . near Frankfurt in Germany. and are thought to be extremely rare Even minute details such as skin impressions and the sharp teeth of the killer animal have been perfectly preserved.The fossils of the two amphibians in their final moments were discovered in RhinelandPalatinate. THE CROCODILE THAT WAS A LITTLE LIKE A FROG Sclerocephalus haeuseri lived around 300 million years ago.

Historians and scientists also believe this is thought to be the first fossil discovered that shows a creature of this species dying of suffocation. and well-preserved ones are even rarer. Sclerocephalus haeuseri. 'It is rare to find fossils to begin with. in this case.The creature looked like a cross between a crocodile and a salamander. and therefore tend to not pass one their . The smaller one died because it was bitten in half. Adults could reach a length of up to five feet. Experts are delighted with the discovery because is it one of few fossil examples of this species. Scientists believe the fossil is the first to show one dying by suffocation 'This was the lower boundary of the Permian and it was a time of great transition in climates and ecology. 64. 'The larger one bit off more than it could swallow. Experts believe the creature's young were similar to modern frogs . where the auction ill be held. James Walker. between 301 and 297 million years old. The animal looked similar to a crocodile and a salamander today and are thought to be aquatic creatures. 'The 'stupid' individuals remove themselves from the gene-pool. 'The fossil dates back to somewhere around the boundary between the Upper Carboniferous and the Lower Permian. They were similar to the crocodiles and alligators of today. director of nature and science at Heritage Auctions in Texas. said: 'The fossil was found in the Saar-Ruhe Basin in the Rheinland-Pfalz area of what used to be West Germany. 'Examples where both died as a consequence of what could be termed stupid behaviour are quite rare. and it was killed by choking on dinner. 'The larger one is a Sclerocephalus haeuseri and the smaller is most likely to be of the same species. Sclerocephalus haeuseri (CGI pictured) lived 300 million years ago and looked similar to a crocodile and a salamander.breathing with external gills when young like tadpoles but eventually developing air breathing lungs.

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