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Re: Crocodile program on Discovery channel



Jerry D. Harris writes:

> Yes, crocs were around before
> the dinos (although the eusuchians didn't pop up 'til what, the
> Cretaceous), but in the sense of "what animal filled most of the global
> niches of big terrestrial reptile after the dinosaurs?," crocs fit the bill
> nicely.  (coupled, methinks, with big birds!)
 
But the crocs _didn't_ fill most of the global niches.
They are found only in and around rivers.  They certainly did
not have anywhere near the range that the dinos did.
In the Tertiary, mammals and birds filled more niches 
than crocs.

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