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  Super-croc was big as bus
Updated 26 October 2001, 13.30

What animal was as long as a London bus?

An elephant? A rhinoceros? Well, it was actually a crocodile!

Scientists have been giving us more details of a super-crocodile which lived 110m years ago.

The African ancestor to today's croc grew to 40ft long and weighed a massive 10 tons!

Small dinosaur snacks

This river monster dined on small dinosaurs which were unlucky enough to come too close.


Its eating habits have earned the super-croc the scientific name sarcosuchus imperator, which means "flesh crocodile emperor".

Scientists have pieced together the creature's history from fossil skulls and bones discovered as far back as 1964.

They think the croc's huge size was due to its long life span: it took around 60 years to grow to full size.


 
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