crocodyliform

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Genus Araripesuchus - Cretaceous crocodyliforms that existed 125 to 66 million years ago. 5 species are documented in this genus, including the “boar croc” (my favorite), “dog croc”, and “rat croc” illustrated here.

With their fast, long legs but still distinctly crocodilian bodies and heads, these are some of the most dragon-like creatures, extant or extinct, that I’ve ever seen.

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The 3rd pictures shows the Sarcosuchus Imperator compared with a modern crocodile. The Sarcosuchus is an extinct genus of crocodyliform and distant relative of the crocodile that lived 112 million years ago. 

Sotmatosuchis inermis

…was a very large (10m/32ft) stomatosuchid crocodilian from the late Cretaceous of Egypt. Unlike many other crocodyliforms it is largely unknown what exactly S. inermis ate. Its flattened skull had a long, lid-like snout which was filled with small conical teeth. Some theorize that the mandible might of been toothless and supported a pelican-like throat pouch. 

Sadly the only known specimen (a large skull, collected by German paleontologist Ernst Stromer) was destroyed when the Munich Museum was bombed in 1944.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Crocodylomorpha-Neosuchia-Stomatosuchidae-Sotmatosuchis-S. inermis

Image: Dmitry Bogdanov

anonymous asked:

I think of Krayt Dragons as croc-like because crocodyliforms once ruled Earth's deserts. If you didn't already know, there are tons of croc fossils that clearly show fully terrestrial animals that galloped along on long straight legs. The smallest were about coyote sized and the biggest were about 20' long, IIRC, but my pick for a Krayt Dragon is Kaprosuchus, which was in between. If you do an image search, an awesome ink drawing of a roaring Kaprosuchus should turn up on top.--Jenny Islander

Here it be! Looks pretty excellent to me. :D (Image from here.)

I could definitely see this as the lesser dragon. People who see an image of one for the first time often ask in horrified whisper, “That’s the lesser dragon?”

Because yeah. The Great Dragon is three times this size and has wings.