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7 May

A Moment In Monster History: Meet The 10-Ton Sarcosuchus

Crocodiles can come in a variety of sizes, from as a small as a few feet, to as long at 18 feet. No matter what size they come in, there’s no denying the species is one of the most revered and respected in the wild.

But what if we told you there was once a predator bigger than the giant crocodiles we’ve seen recently in Uganda and the Philippines?

Meet the Sarcosuchus:

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Based on fossils and other research, scientists discovered that the Sarcosuchus weighed around 10 tons and had the strength to dominate other large predators, including dinosaurs. (Photo by Vassil)

Longer than a school bus and weighing around 10 tons, the Sarcosuchus is considered to be the prehistoric ancestor to the modern crocodile. The species pretty much owned the wild in its heyday 110 million years ago, using its massive, 6-foot-long skull and hundreds of teeth to kill and devour prey, notably dinosaurs, according to the Associated Press.

French scientists first discovered the Sarcosuchus in 1964, but it wasn’t until 2000 that a team led by paleontologist Paul C. Sereno found a more-complete skeleton in Niger. Findings revealed that the Sarcosuchus had characteristics almost identical to the crocodile, including an overlapping jaw and armor-like scales.

That Man-Eating Super Croc doesn’t seem so scary now, does it?

There are other monsters waiting to be found, so be sure to watch Monster Week, starting Sunday, May 18 at 9PM EP!

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