STRANGE CROC PICTURES: New Dino-Eater, Galloper, More

STRANGE CROC PICTURES: New Dino-Eater, Galloper, More
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The plant-eating DogCroc (pictured in a computer-generated image) had lanky legs that meant it was likely spry enough to run into the water if threatened.

Skeletal analysis reveals that many of the newfound Gondwana crocs--including DogCroc--were surprisingly limber, and some may have been able to gallop like modern saltwater crocodiles in Australia, Sereno said in November 2009.

That crocodile ancestors could run and swim with equal dexterity may have given them a leg-up on escaping predators---and extinction, Sereno added. Some of the ancient animals must have survived the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs, since many crocodilyforms--such as crocodiles, alligators, and caimans--thrive today.
—Image courtesy NGT
 
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