Link to enlarge image K5741 © Justin Kerr Charles Zidar

Family:  Crocodylidae
Genus:  Crocodylus
Species:  moreleti
Authority:  Duméril and Bibron, 1851
Common Name:  Morelet’s Crocodile
Maya Name:  A’ayin, Kum ayim
Faunal Type:  Reptile/Amphibian
Depictions:  Polychrome Ceramics
Significance:  Crocodile tails were eaten by the Maya. Skulls were used for ceremonies. Jaws skulls and bones have been excavated from ceremonial centers. Bones were made into elite headdresses (Pohl 1983).
Photos:  Click on an image below for high resolution comparison.

Other Faunal Photos:   Additional views of the faunal species, click on a photo below to view larger image.
Artifact Photo(s) Courtesy of Justin Kerr (FAMSI); Animal Photo(s) Courtesy of Wikipedia GNU General Public License Version 1.2, November 2002; Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0/2.5 License(s).

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