Before the Dinosaurs, 'Butcher' Crocodile Ruled the Earth

March 19, 2015 3:20 PM

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

Now called Carnufex carolinensis, the crocodile ancestor probably walked on its hind legs, preying on armored reptiles and early mammal relatives in its ecosystem, researchers say.

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