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Re: Big alligator thing

>         I once  heard of a specimin, an alligator or crocodile I believe,
>which skull alone, and  was the only part of it that has been found I
>think, was about 150 feet long.  Corections? Info?      

Myth.  There was a spot on Purussaurus (a big South American Mio-Pliocene
caiman) on Paleoworld a couple of years ago where someone suggested an
animal approaching 90 ft. long, but this is clearly wrong, and (despite the
fact I was on it) that was one of the worst episodes of Paleoworld ever
made.  The maximum size for any fossil crocodyliform is on the order of 35
to 40 ft.


Christopher Brochu

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