The life of the crocodile's prehistoric relative, the Machimosaurus, has been revealed by a study of fossils from across Europe.
When dinosaurs were the apex land predators, a trio of huge crocodile-like animals muscled their way through European waters.
One of the three, Machimosaurus hugii, measured well over 30 feet long and is thought to have feasted on dinosaurs unlucky enough to have crossed the path of this beast, according to geoscientist Mark Young.Reviewing the fossils, the researchers determined that three different species of Machimosaurus lived during the Jurassic in what is now Europe:
Machimosaurus buffetauti- This is a newly described species. It measured around 20 feet long and lived in what are now France and Germany.
Machimosaurus mosae- According to Young, this croc was “adapted for living in turbulent coastal waters.” Specimens are only known from northern France. It was larger than M. buffetauti, and measured 26 feet long.
Machimosaurus hugii: This was the likely dino eater and the biggest of the bunch. “It was adapted for swimming in open seas,” Young said. “Specimens have been found in Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. It was the largest croc of the Jurassic and had the most bulbous teeth of any Machimosaurus species.”
hmm.....a 30 ft Croc, not bad.