Fossil crocodiles and manatees discovered in Cuba


This is a video about manatees in the USA today.

Translated from Belgian daily Het Belang van Limburg:

Cuban scientists have found the fossil remains of gigantic crocodiles and manatee relatives. The fossils are 20 million years old, scientists say.

They were found in Sancti Spiritus province in central Cuba. According to the vice president of the Cuban speleological society, Alejandro Romero, the fossils are from the Miocene. They were 20 meter underground.

Video on US creationists’ beliefs about fossils: here.

Crocodile tears: here.

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4 thoughts on “Fossil crocodiles and manatees discovered in Cuba

  1. Cavers find crocodile fossil in Cuba

    November 22 2007 at 04:55AM

    La Habana – Cavers in central Cuba found the remains of what is believed to be a 20-million-year-old, 10-metre-long crocodile, local media reported on Wednesday.

    The team from the Speleological Society of Cuba also found bones believed to be from prehistoric dugongs, the Escambray daily reported.

    The remains, thought to date back to the Miocene Epoch were found in the Cayajana river about 350km east of Havana.

    More bones, yet to be identified, will be excavated from the site at a later date, the daily quoted officials as saying. – Sapa-AFP

    http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_Discovery&set_id=1&click_id=588&art_id=nw20071121224918211C102897

  2. January 4, 2010

    Cuba Breeds Species of American Crocodiles

    CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba, Jan 4 (acn) More than 800 crocodiles have been bred over the last three years at the Great Wetland of the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila, which illustrates the efforts done in the Island to protect the environment.

    This is one of the Cuban facilities devoted to the protection and breeding of these amphibians, always under the threat of poachers in search of profits.

    The center, which covers an area of 65 hectares, breeds the Acutus crocodile, also known as American crocodile, not as fierce as other species bred in similar facilities in Cuba.

    Doctor Arley Romo, leading a staff of 23 people, said they also have 180 females on full breeding capacity and other 515 crocodiles in progress — 2.20 meters long is the ideal size for procreating.

    Romo pointed out that these animals mainly feed from fish and leftovers provided by an enterprise of meat products from the municipality of Moron.

    Oriol Lopez, a technician from the territorial unit of the National Enterprise for the Protection and Preservation of the Flora and Fauna, noted that once they are fully grown up, they are returned to their natural habitat, where they continue breeding.

    These kinds of breeding centers also exist in other Cuban provinces such as Granma, Las tunas, Camagüey, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, and in the Isle of Youth Special Municipality.

    The one in Ciego de Avila also has 4,000 specimens of Cuban turtles, and is constantly visited by foreigners travelling to the tourist facilities of Jardines del Rey.

  3. January 4, 2010

    Cuba Breeds Species of American Crocodiles

    CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba, Jan 4 (acn) More than 800 crocodiles have been bred over the last three years at the Great Wetland of the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila, which illustrates the efforts done in the Island to protect the environment.

    This is one of the Cuban facilities devoted to the protection and breeding of these amphibians, always under the threat of poachers in search of profits.

    The center, which covers an area of 65 hectares, breeds the Acutus crocodile, also known as American crocodile, not as fierce as other species bred in similar facilities in Cuba.

    Doctor Arley Romo, leading a staff of 23 people, said they also have 180 females on full breeding capacity and other 515 crocodiles in progress — 2.20 meters long is the ideal size for procreating.

    Romo pointed out that these animals mainly feed from fish and leftovers provided by an enterprise of meat products from the municipality of Moron.

    Oriol Lopez, a technician from the territorial unit of the National Enterprise for the Protection and Preservation of the Flora and Fauna, noted that once they are fully grown up, they are returned to their natural habitat, where they continue breeding.

    These kinds of breeding centers also exist in other Cuban provinces such as Granma, Las tunas, Camagüey, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, and in the Isle of Youth Special Municipality.

    The one in Ciego de Avila also has 4,000 specimens of Cuban turtles, and is constantly visited by foreigners travelling to the tourist facilities of Jardines del Rey.

    http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2011/0104cuba-breeds-species-american-crocodiles.htm

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