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Dino-eating croc unveiled 恐龍殺手 - 帝鱷重現

STAFF WRITER , WITH AFP

French paleontologists Philippe Taquet and France de Lapparent de Broin pose on Sacro at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, Aug. 29, 2007.Photo: AFP
法國古生物學家菲利普.塔丘特與法蘭斯.蒂.布洛因八月二十九日在巴黎自然歷史博物館裡與帝鱷合影。照片:法新社

The model crocodile in the picture lived more than 110 million years ago.

As long as a tourist bus and with jaws big enough to pick up a cow, Sarcosuchus imperator was surely the biggest, baddest crocodile to ever roam the earth.

The model was made by the French company Orphys. It took 1,800 hours of work and 750kg of resin to create it.

It was unveiled last month by Philippe Taquet. Taquet was the first to identify and name the crocodile based on fossil remains found in Niger over 40 years ago.

Sarcosuchus imperator, or Sarco, measured 12m from snout to tail and weighed 10 tonnes. Experts believe that Sarco ate big fish and small dinosaurs.

Sarco's new home will be the Crocodile Farm, a wildlife park with 400 of its modern cousins, along with an assortment of giant turtles.

(Staff Writer, with AFP)

圖中的模型鱷魚活在一億一千多萬年前。

身長跟觀光巴士不相上下,上下顎張開大到可以吞下一頭牛,帝鱷無疑是史上出現過最大、最兇惡的鱷魚。

這個模型是由法國奧菲思公司製作。製作這個模型耗費了一千八百小時的工時以及七百五十公斤的樹脂。

這個模型上個月由菲利普:塔丘特揭幕。塔丘特是第一個為四十多年前在尼日發現的化石遺骨鑑別以及命名的人。

肌鱷,又稱帝鱷,從嘴到尾長十二公尺,重十噸。專家認為帝鱷以大型魚類和小型恐龍為食。

帝鱷的新家是「鱷魚農場」,在這座野生動物園裡,有四百多隻牠的近代表親及各種巨型龜類與牠為伴。

(法新社/翻譯:袁星塵)

Today's Words今日單字

1. roam v.t.

漫遊 (man4 you2)

例: The stray dog roamed the streets looking for food.

(流浪狗在街上漫步覓食。)

2. resin n.

松香 (song1 xiang1)

例: Violinists use resin on their bows.

(小提琴手用松香擦抹琴弓。)

3. identify v.i. /v.t.

鑑定 (jian4 ding4)

例:The police had me identify the criminal.

(警察請我指認罪犯。)

4. snout n.

(動物的)口鼻部 (dong4 wu4 de5 kou3 bi2 bu4)

例: Pigs have snouts.

(豬有突起的口鼻。)


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