The giant ‘terror crocodile’ roamed the earth at least 75 million years ago, but remains a mystery in the scientific community – until now.
Paleontologist examined the fossil jaws of several Deinoschus species, revealing monsters with ‘banana size’ teeth with crushing power to take down even the largest dinosaurs.
Relics suggest these creatures have a long and wide snout, with an area around the bulging nose, which is unheard of in any other crocodile species – neither alive nor extinct.
The team believes that Deinoschus terrorized unsuspecting creatures to the edge of the water for a drink, considering them opportunistic predators.
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Paleontologist examined the fossil jaws of several Deinoschus species, revealing monsters with ‘banana size’ teeth with crushing power to take down even the biggest dinosaurs.
There are three known Deinosuchus species: Deinosuchus hatchheri, Deinosuchus riograndensis and Deinosuchus schwimmeri.
Fossil remains of these organisms have only recently been discovered in North America, mainly in the west and along the Atlantic coast.
However, up to 33 feet in length Deinosuchus is known to be one of the largest, if not the largest, crocodylian genus ever existed.
And experts say this creature roamed with the largest predatory dinosaurs 75 to 82 million years ago.
The team believes that Deinoschus terrorized the unsuspecting creatures to the water’s edge to drink, considering them opportunistic predators.
However, up to 33 feet in length, Deinosuchus is known to be one of the largest, if not the largest, crocodylian species that ever existed.
However, before any recent research, paleontologists found only creature bites and other dinosaur bites.
Dr. Adam Cossette, head of the study, now confirms that Deinosuchus ate the large dinosaurs.
“Deinosuchus is a giant who once terrorized dinosaurs to the edge of the water for a drink,” said Cossette, from Arkansas State University.
So far, the complete animal is still unknown. These new specimens we examined show a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size of a banana. ”
Relics suggest these creatures have a long and wide snout, with an area around the bulging nose, which has not been seen in any other crocodile species – neither alive nor extinct.
In the photo are fossilized giant thorns of the Deinosuchus species
Although the genus name means ‘terror crocodile’, experts say they are more similar to the crocodile.
However, their giant skull cannot match the crocodile or the alligator.
Co-author Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, a paleontologist at the University of Tennessee, added: ‘Deinosuchus seems to be an opportunistic predator, and since it’s so enormous almost everything is in its habitat. It’s all on the menu. ‘
‘We really have many examples of the bite of D. riograndensis and a new species described in this study, D. schwimmeri, on turtle shells and dinosaur bones.’
They are thought to have disappeared from Earth before the main mass extinction event wiped out the dinosaurs, but the reason remains a mystery.
‘It’s a strange animal,’ said Chrisopher Brochu, co-author of the study from the University of Iowa.
‘It shows that crocodylians are not’ living fossils’ unchanged since the dinosaur era. They have grown dynamically like any other group. ”
HOW THE DINOSAURS DISCOVERED 66 MILLION YEARS AFTER
Dinosaurs dominated and dominated Earth about 66 million years ago, before they suddenly went extinct.
The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event is the name of this mass extinction.
For many years, it was believed that the changing climate destroyed the giant reptile’s food chain.
In the 1980s, paleontologists discovered a layer of iridium.
This is a very rare element on Earth but found in large quantities in space.
When this was dated, it exactly coincided with the time when the dinosaurs disappeared from the fossil record.
A decade later, scientists uncovered the giant Chicxulub crater at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, dating back to the period in question.
Currently, the scientific consensus says that these two factors are related and both could be caused by a giant asteroid crashing into Earth.
With the expected size and velocity of impact, the collision would cause extremely large shock waves and potentially seismic action.
Radioactive dust will create clusters of ash that can cover the entire planet and make dinosaurs unable to survive.
Other animals and plants have shorter intervals between generations allowing them to survive.
There are several other theories about the cause of the death of famous animals.
One early theory was that small mammals ate dinosaur eggs and another was that toxic angiosperms (flowering plants) killed them.