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Gigantic Crocodilian Fossil Found in Niger
An image of Sereno excavating the SuperCroc
Dr. Paul Sereno excavates the SuperCroc.

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Paleontologist Paul Sereno Details Discovery at Press Conference


Thursday, October 25

Dr. Paul Sereno, University of Chicago paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and Dr. Brady Barr, herpetologist and National Geographic reptile expert, announced today the discovery of the fossil remains of an enormous crocodilian that lived 110 million years ago in the African Sahara.

Nicknamed “SuperCroc,” the animal is believed to have reached 40 feet (12 meters) in length—the length of a city bus—making it one of the largest crocs that ever lived. SuperCroc lived alongside dinosaurs, perhaps feasting on them.

The discovery coincides with a scientific report on the find to be published by the journal Science, as part of the Science Express Web site.

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Additional Resources
Read the Press Release
Project Exploration (home of the SuperCroc)
Dinorama (feature)
Dinosaur Eggs (feature)
DinoQuest Sahara (feature)