The alligator species Diplocynodon darwinii (which literally translates to “Darwin’s double dog-tooth crocodile”) is among the most numerous crocodiles from the Messel Pit. Even juveniles have been found. The occurrence of crocodiles in the Maar lake is a clear indication of the warm climate in the modern-day state of Hesse during the Eocene, about 48 million years ago.


  • Title: Crocodile
  • Location: Messel pit, Hesse, Germany
  • Type: original
  • Rights: Sven Tränkner Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
  • size: 1,2 m
  • scientific name: Diplocynodon darwini
  • geological Age: Middle Eocene
  • age: 48 mil. years

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