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Kaprosuchus Toy

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History

Kaprosuchus saharicus is known only from one almost complete 1.7-foot-long skull, described and named in 2009. The genus name means ‘boar crocodile’, in reference its three pairs of long fangs, one pair of which protrude upwards and are reminiscent of the tusks of a boar. The species name refers to the Sahara where it was discovered.

Kaprosuchus is a crocodylomorph - the group that includes modern crocodiles. The total length of the animal is estimated at 19 feet so it was a medium-sized predator. The position of its eye sockets, which face outwards and slightly forwards, suggest that it had binocular vision and hunted on land, not in the water like modern crocodiles. Kaprosuchus is therefore portrayed with vertical legs suited for walking on land, rather than sprawling legs suited for swimming.

It occupied northern Africa during the late Cretaceous, 95 million years ago, where it hunted alongside many other predators, including the crocodyliform Laganosuchus, and the large meat-eating dinosaurs Rugops, Spinosaurus, and Carcharodontosaurus. Northern Africa was therefore an especially dangerous place at this time!

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