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Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensioner

Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensionerHuman remains have been found inside a crocodile that is believed to have killed a pensioner in Queensland last week.  The 4.3-metre estuarine crocodile was captured on Monday night at the Mowbray River near Craiglie in northeast Australia, close to where Anne Cameron went missing from an aged care facility near Port Douglas seven days ago. The 79-year-old is thought to have become disorientated on a walk and wandered into dense bushland. Police later found clothing, a walking stick with her name and human remains beside a crocodile-infested creek near Four Mile Beach, about a mile from the aged care facility. Wildlife officers set traps  to try to catch the creature that is believed to have killed Ms Cameron. The captured animal was examined in Cairns on Tuesday, with human remains found inside. A Saltwater Crocodile is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park in Sydney  Credit:  Ian Waldie/Getty Images "Investigations continue with officers preparing a report for the coroner," police said. Isabella Eggins, a granddaughter of Ms Cameron, said  last week the family feared she had died in tragic circumstances. “It is my deep regret to inform you that following an extensive search and the discovery of certain items as a result of that search, we have the firm belief that my mother Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances,” Ms Eggins said on Facebook. Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne, are a common feature of the vast continent's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year. A series of crocodile attacks in the region in recent years has prompted calls for the state government to order a cull – a move that has so far been rejected. Ms Cameron's family also said they did not want to see any crocs culled. "The crocodiles… are not responsible for being crocodiles, and doing what crocodiles do," her son Craig Eggins said, according to the Cairns Post.



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Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri Lanka

Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri LankaCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan navy divers on Friday found the body of a British journalist who is believed to have been attacked by a crocodile while holidaying with friends on a beach.



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Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri Lanka

Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri LankaCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan navy divers on Friday found the body of a British journalist who is believed to have been attacked by a crocodile while holidaying with friends on a beach.



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Reporter, 24, Dragged to His Death by Crocodile While Vacationing in Sri Lanka

Reporter, 24, Dragged to His Death by Crocodile While Vacationing in Sri LankaPaul McLean was on vacation when the beast is believed to have dragged him into a river.



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Financial Times Reporter Dies After Crocodile Drags Him Underwater

Financial Times Reporter Dies After Crocodile Drags Him UnderwaterThe reporter had broken away from the gang and wandered into a lagoon to wash his hands when he was attacked by the crocodile and dragged into the water.



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Body of British journalist killed by crocodile found in Sri Lanka

Body of British journalist killed by crocodile found in Sri LankaSri Lankan police Friday found the body of a 24-year-old British journalist, Paul McClean, who is suspected to have been killed by a crocodile. Divers found McClean’s corpse in the mud of a lagoon in the coastal village of Panama, 360 kilometres (225 miles) east of the capital Colombo by road, a police spokesman said. “There were six or seven wounds on his right leg,” a police official told AFP.



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A terrifying crocodile relative, with teeth like a T. rex, may have taken on dinosaurs

A terrifying crocodile relative, with teeth like a T. rex, may have taken on dinosaursMeet "Razana," a gigantic lizard ancestor with the teeth of a T. rex and the body of a crocodile. The prehistoric beast — formally named
Razanandrongobe sakalavae — was likely a top predator in Madagascar about 170 million years ago, when dinosaurs also roamed the planet, a team of Italian and French paleontologists said Tuesday. SEE ALSO: 99-million-year-old bird fossil has been found preserved in amber and it's truly exquisite Razana had a massive jaw bone lined with enormous jagged teeth, which were similar in size and shape to those of a
Tyrannosaurus rex, the scientists wrote in a study published July 4 in the journal
PeerJ. That suggests the teeth were sharp enough to slice through hard tissue such as bone and tendon. An illustration of the head of Razana.Image: Fabio ManucciAlthough the ancient lizard's body was long and lean like that of a modern crocodile, Razana was made even more beastly by its deep skull shape and powerful straight limbs, the fossils indicated. Paleontologists said Razana appears to be by far the oldest and largest representative of a group of croc-like animals called Notosuchians. Little is known about the origin and early evolution of this group, and until now, these animals hadn't been known to exist during the Jurassic period. "Like these and other gigantic crocs from the [more recent] Cretaceous, Razana could outcompete even theropod dinosaurs at the top of the food chain," Cristiano Dal Sasso, the study's lead author and a researcher at the Natural History Museum of Milan, said in a statement. Paleontologists Cristiano Dal Sasso (right) and Simone Maganuco (left) exhibit some skull bones of Razana in Milan.Image: Giovanni BindelliniThe Madagascar fossils are thought to predate other forms of the Notosuchia by 42 million years, according to the study. The Razana seems to have roamed the area when Madagascar, which is now an island, was separating from the giant landmass of southern continents known as Gondwana, Simone Maganuco, a co-author of the study, said in a statement. "It represents a further signal that the Notosuchia originated in southern Gondwana," he said. WATCH: Toy dinosaurs chase real people in this ’Jurassic Park’ remake



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Scientists Discovered a Giant Crocodile With T-Rex Teeth That's Straight Out of Your Nightmares

Scientists Discovered a Giant Crocodile With T-Rex Teeth That's Straight Out of Your NightmaresThe crocodile ancestor lived in Madagascar



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Crocodile attacks Aussie teen who jumped into river on dare

Crocodile attacks Aussie teen who jumped into river on dareBRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said Monday, as authorities recovered the body of another man who also may have been attacked by a crocodile in nearby waters.



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Tunisia zoo to close after crocodile stoned to death

Tunisia zoo to close after crocodile stoned to deathA zoo in the Tunisian capital where visitors stoned a crocodile to death is to close temporarily, the local affairs and environment ministry said Friday. It will close its gates from Monday for “emergency cleaning and maintenance works and to set up measures to manage visitors entering and exiting”, the ministry said. The public was up in arms this week after the municipality posted gory pictures of the reptile, which it said died of an internal haemorrhage after being stoned by visitors.



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