Name Meaning:  Flesh Crocodile Geologic Era:  Cretaceous

visionally Location Discovered:  Sahara Desert

buy gabapentin 100mg uk Size: 10+ meters in length

Estimated Range:  Africa

Extinction Date: Cretaceous Period

Our tooth is sadly not a real fossil, but a cast.  Still, it is an impressive specimen.  Only the top third or so of the tooth would be above the gum line (the lighter part).  Small though this may seem, these teeth were still daunting weapons that would have given most opponents second thoughts about challenging Sarcosuchus.

One of the largest crocodiles to ever live, Sarcosuchus would have been one of the top predators of its day.  Though it was discovered in a desert, its habitat would have been more akin to a swamp (possibly comparable to the American Southeast).  Sarcosuchus would have been considered a generalist predator, meaning it would eat whatever it could catch.  On the menu would have been fish and quite possibly dinosaurs as well.  

I had the privilege of attending one of the first presentations of this animal by its discoverer, Dr. Paul Sereno.  Even as a middle school student, I was struck by the size of this reptile, which dwarfs even the largest modern crocodile.  The thought that there existed a predator that could have given large predatory dinosaurs competition was amazing to me. 

Though Sarcosuchus probably had a diet not unlike the modern Nile crocodile, it probably could not have performed a “death roll” as its modern counterparts do.  How it broke prey down to ingest it is still up for debate, but could have involved submerging the prey until it was decomposed enough to easily rip apart.

Image Credits:

Full Skeleton:By Valerie Everett from Indianapolis, USA (Whole giant croc) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Life Reconstruction:By User:ArthurWeasley (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons