Araripesuchus

"Araripe crocodile"
Length:
1-1.8 m (3.3-6 ft)
Weight:
40 kg (89 lbs)
Time:
110,000,000-
100,000,000 B.C.
Location:
Neuquén, Argentina; Ceará, Brazil; Mahajanga, Madagascar; Agadez, Niger
Species:
Araripesuchus gomesi
Araripesuchus wegeneri
Araripesuchus patagonicus
Araripesuchus buitreraensis
Araripesuchus tsangatsangana
Araripesuchus rattoides
Like its contemporary Anatosuchus, Araripesuchus was a notosuchian with a fairly unconventional diet. One species, Araripesuchus rattoides (nicknamed the "RatCroc" among scientists), is believed to have used its prominent front teeth for digging out plants and grubs. Another species, Araripesuchus wegeneri (the "DogCroc"), had dog-like nostrils at the end of its snout, presumably for routing out such food, but also possessed a powerful tail, likely used to make a hasty retreat from predators, which included considerably less cute crocodyliformes...
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