How the ‘terror crocodile’ grew so big

  title={How the ‘terror crocodile’ grew so big},
  author={Gregory M. Erickson and Christopher A. Brochu},
Deinosuchus is a giant crocodylian from the Late Cretaceous period of North America. It was 8 to 10 metres long and weighed between 2,500 and 5,000 kg, three to five times more than the largest crocodiles alive today. How Deinosuchus attained sizes to rival its dinosaurian contemporaries, on which it undoubtedly preyed, has remained a mystery. Did it exhibit accelerated growth rates, like its dinosaurian cousins, or did it simply maintain primitive reptilian rates for decades (as was once… Expand
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First Record of a Small Juvenile Giant Crocodyliform and its Ontogenetic and Biogeographic Implications
  • C. Brownstein
  • Biology
  • Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History
  • 2019
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