Meet the Fearsome 'Carolina Butcher' That Ruled Before Dinosaurs

March 23, 2015 4:06 PM

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Meet the Fearsome 'Carolina Butcher' That Ruled Before Dinosaurs

A newly-discovered ferocious crocodile relative that ran on its hind legs and terrorized North America before dinosaurs arrived certainly earned the name "Carolina Butcher."

Unlike its modern relatives, the Carolina Butcher was land dwelling and likely snacked on smaller prey, including armored relatives and early mammal relatives, according to researchers at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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