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  Worksheet: Super-croc was big as bus
Updated 28 November 2001, 13.42
Artist's painting of the super-croc
Read the news story below and underline the words that have been shortened by using apostrophes.

Write the longer version of the words above the shortened versions.

Super-croc was big as bus

What animal was as long as a London bus?

It wasn't an elephant? You'd think it was a rhinoceros? Well, it was actually a crocodile!

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

You wouldn't believe it but the African ancestor to the crocodiles of today grew to 40ft long and weighed a massive 10 tons!

Small dinosaur snacks

They'd've dined on small dinosaurs

that couldn't've been lucky enough to get away.

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

It's been found because they've pieced together the history of the creature

from fossil skulls and bones that'd been discovered as far back as 1964.

They think the crocodile was such a huge size because of its long life span: it took around 60 years to grow to full size.

Fact File
Answers:
wasn't - was not
you'd - you would
wouldn't - would not
they'd've - they would have
couldn't've - could not have
it's - it has
they've - they have
that'd - that had


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