Friday, 20 March 2015

Giant Walking Crocodile Terrorised Earth Before Dinosaurs

image credit Jorge Gonzales

A terrifying crocodile which walked on its hind legs may have been the most deadly creature on Earth before the evolution of the biggest dinosaurs. The newly discovered Carnufex carolinensis, or 'Carolina Butcher,' was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling proto-crocodile with huge snapping jaws.

It preyed on early mammals and armoured reptiles in the Late Triassic period, around 231 million years ago, when the Earth had just one huge continent, Pangea. Scientists discovered parts of the Carolina Butcher's skull, spine and upper forelimb in Chatham County, North Carolina, USA.

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