“Kaprosuchus” Formidable prehistoric long-legged crocodile lived about 100 million years ago

Kaprosuchus was a prehistoric crocodile which lived approximately 100 to 95 million years ago during the Middle Cretaceous Period

It was first discovered in 2009 in Africa by paleontologist Paul Sereno. However, the only part of this crocodile that he found was its skull.

From its skull, paleontologists were able to figure out just how big it was and how it probably lived.

Sereno named it Kaprosuchus a name which means “boar crocodile” in Greek.

One of the most interesting facts about Kaprosuchus is that it was given its name because its skull had oversized tusks in its upper and lower jaws.

And these tusks are usually displayed quite well in Kaprosuchus pictures. Which is a big clue to how these crocodiles hunted their prey.

More than likely, Kaprosuchus didn’t just hunt around rivers and lakes.

Paleontologists know this because this animal didn’t have the upward facing eyes a lot of prehistoric crocodiles did but instead had forward facing eyes like most land dwelling predators.

This means that it probably wandered the African plains looking for prey much in the same way large cats do today.

 

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