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Re: Deinosuchus basics
On Mon, 2 Feb 1998, chris brochu wrote:
> >Tom asked the dinosaur:
> >>Exactly how big was Deinosuchus?Did it live in salt or fresh water?
> >I am trying to find out that myself. What I have learned so far is that it
> >was probably around 12m, not 15m as some sources suggest. Several other
> >Mesozoic crocodylians (formerly known as crocodilians) were about the same
> >length, none larger.
> (Please forgive my being an anal person for a moment)
> Actually, most of the big Mesozoic crocodyliforms were not crocodylians at
> all. Crocodylia is strictly defined as the last common ancestor of living
> gavials, alligators, and crocodiles, and all of its descendents. Nearly
> all Mesozoic crocodyliforms fall outside this group, and would be
> non-crocodylian crocodyliforms. This includes Sarcosuchus, which was
> likely the largest of all time.
> Within the crown-group, there's Deinosuchus and, in the Tertiary,
> Rhamphosuchus (a really big gavialoid) and Purussaurus (a giant caiman),
> all of which were *probably* in the 30 to 40 foot range.
> >Deinosuchus is known from freshwater deposits
> Estuarine in western Texas.
...and possibly from the Late Cretaceous of North Carolina
---John Schneiderman (email@example.com)