According to a new study of Dinosichus fossils published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, the organisms lived between 75 million and 82 million years ago. Dinosuchus, meaning “panic crocodile,” also used its giant teeth to eat the largest of dinosaurs – placing them at the top of the food chain in its ecosystem.
Researchers studied fossil and bite marks on turtle shells and dinosaur bones that produced a complete picture of Dinosuchus. He said that the animal, which had a length of up to 33 feet, was actually more closely related to crocodiles than to crocodiles.
Researchers said they had almost everything in their habitat for graves that were largely eaten by predators.
“Dinosuchus was a giant human who must have terrorized dinosaurs who came to the water’s edge to drink,” Adam Cossat, a paleontologist at the New York Institute of Technology, said in a press release on Monday. “Until now, the whole animal was unknown. The new specimens we examined reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with a banana shape.”
Cossett and co-researcher Christopher Brochu, a paleontologist at the University of Iowa, identified three known species of Dinosuchus: Dinosuchus hatchery, Dinosuchus reograndensis, and Dinosus schwimeri. All three roamed various parts of America, which at that time was cut in half by a shallow sea.
Many aspects of ancient animals remain mysterious. They did not look like a crocodile or crocodile, and their extremely large nostrils had huge holes at the tips which were completely unique and without a known purpose.
Animals were wiped out before Mass extinction of dinosaurs, But the reason for his disappearance is unknown.
“It was a strange animal,” Bruchu said. “This shows that crocodiles are not ‘living fossils’ that have not changed since the age of dinosaurs. They have evolved as dynamically as any other group.”