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Fossils Indicate. . .Wow, What a Croc!

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8:25am, October 24, 2001

Newly discovered fossils of an ancient cousin of modern crocodiles suggest that adults of the species may have been dinosaur-munching behemoths that grew to the length of a school bus and weighed as much as 8 metric tons.

Paleontologists first found remains of Sarcosuchus imperator–which translates as emperor of the flesh-eating crocodiles–in the Ténéré Desert of Niger in the 1960s. The initial description of the species was based on only a few bones and a partial skull, says Paul C. Sereno, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Chicago. Those fragments enabled the scientists to determine that the animal was related to today's crocodiles but didn't provide many clues about its lifes

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