Largest known crocodile lived in East Africa

According to the University of Iowa a crocodile large enough to swallow humans once lived in East Africa. The new species lived between 2 and 4 million years ago in Kenya, Africa. It resembled the Nile crocodile, its living cousin, but was more larger.

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“It’s the largest known true crocodile,” says Christopher Brochu, associate professor of geoscience. “It may have exceeded 27 feet in length. By comparison, the largest recorded Nile crocodile was less than 21 feet, and most are much smaller.”

Largest known crocodile lived in East Africa

He recognized the new species from fossils that he examined three years ago at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi.

“It lived alongside our ancestors, and it probably ate them,” Brochu says. He explains that although the fossils contain no evidence of human/reptile encounters, crocodiles generally eat whatever they can swallow.

“We don’t actually have fossil human remains with croc bites, but the crocs were bigger than today’s crocodiles, and we were smaller, so there probably wasn’t much biting involved.”

source University of Iowa

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