A huge crocodilian (crocodile-like) reptile, which had teeth the size of bananas and preyed on dinosaurs . . . That’s how researchers are describing the deinosuchus, a prehistoric species.
Scientists previously thought the deinosuchus was an opportunistic predator (see Word of the Week). But now, after further studying its fossils, they’ve determined its head was large enough and its jaws powerful enough to hunt whatever it wanted to – including dinosaurs.
The researchers suspect it hid near the water’s edge, waiting for its prey, which it would then take by surprise – like crocodiles still do today.