Postosuchus - prehistoric crocodile

Postosuchus (meaning "crocodile from Post" - city in Texas, where its fossilized remains have been found) was a prehistoric animal that existed in what is now North America during the Triassic Period, between 230 and 200 million years ago.

Postosuchus was not a dinosaur, having a closer relationship to crocodiles. It was one of the largest carnivorous reptiles of the Triassic, reaching the length of 7 m and weight of 300 kg. It had a massively built skull, bearing powerful jaws and lethal, dagger- like teeth which could easily kill its quarry. The neck was elongated, expanding to a short torso and long tail. Rows of protective plates covering its back formed a defensive shield, protecting it from other predators.

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