9-foot 'butcher crocodile' likely ruled before dinosaurs

March 19, 2015 4:14 PM

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9-foot 'butcher crocodile' likely ruled before dinosaurs

A life reconstruction of the giant crocodile ancestor (Carnufex carolinensis) that lived some 231 million years ago in what is now North Carolina. (Copyright Jorge Gonzales. Open access)

A 9-foot-tall beast with bladelike teeth once stalked the warm and wet environs of what is now North Carolina some 230 million years ago, before dinosaurs came onto the scene there, scientists have found.

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