Sarcosuchus (pronounced SAHR-co-SOOK-us) (meaning "flesh crocodile") was a ancient crocodilian (it was not a dinosaur). This giant meat-eater was about 37-40 feet (11-12 m) long and may have weighed up to 10 tons. Its body was covered with bony armor (scutes). There were over 100 teeth in its long jaws and it had an overbite (the top jaw extended beyond the lower jaw). Sarcosuchus lived during the Cretaceous period, roughly 110 million years ago. Fossils have been found in the Ténéré Desert, Niger, Africa, and the Bahia Basin, Brazil, South America. It was found by French paleontologist Albert-Felix de Lapparent in 1964. The type species is S. imperator (named by France de Broin and Phillipe Taquet in 1966). Paul C. Sereno recently found a large Sarcosuchus in Niger.
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