The Deinosuchus lived between 75 and 82 million years ago, outweighing the largest predatory dinosaurs at the same time
“Terror crocodiles” which had teeth the size of bananas and could reach 33 feet in length once roamed North America preying on dinosaurs, according to a new study.
Researchers say the Deinosuchus, which means “terror crocodile”, was the largest predator in its ecosystem when it roamed the earth between 75 to 82 million years ago, outweighing the largest predatory dinosaurs which existed at the same time.
The new study, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, revisited fossil specimens of the gigantic creatures and found the Deinosuchus had teeth “the size of bananas”, capable of taking down even the very largest of dinosaurs.
It also confirmed that the predators grew to as much as 33ft in length, making them nearly as long as some city buses.
Researchers also found that there were at least three species of Deinosuchus, two of which lived along western America from Montana to northern Mexico.