231-million-year-old “butcher crocodile” that ruled before dinosaurs found in North Carolina

March 19, 2015 3:20 PM

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A team of scientists have found what they called a Carnufex carolinensi or “butcher crocodile” while excavating the Pekin Formation in Chatham County of North Carolina. The scientists thereafter published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports to detail out the fact that the animal fossil lived some 231 million years ago and ruled the earth when dinosaurs were yet to take their place in the food chain.

The butcher crocodile is so-called because it stood 9-feet-tall and had a long skull that was shaped like a knife and bladelike teeth that it must have deployed to tear its prey into pieces. Even though it is the ancient ancestor of crocodiles, it probably walked on its hind feet.

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