Butcher Crocodiles Ruled The Earth Before Dinosaurs; Fossils Reveal Theropod Dinosaurs Lived The Modern Era As Birds

March 20, 2015 4:14 AM

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Long before the Earth was terrorized by dinosaurs, a 9 feet, crocodile-like ancestor that carried blade-shaped teeth once ruled the planet. This gigantic being walked using its hind legs and lived by eating, armored reptiles and early mammals, approximately 231 million years earlier. Scientists were able to discover fossils of what was identified as the Carolina Butcher, Carnuflex carolinensis, that apparently has huge, snapping jaws.

Long before the Earth was terrorized by dinosaurs, a 9 feet, crocodile-like ancestor that carried blade-shaped teeth once ruled the planet. This gigantic being walked using its hind legs and lived by eating, armored reptiles and early mammals, approximately 231 million years earlier. Scientists were...

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