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Sarcosuchus imperator, popularly known as “supercroc” was one of the biggest crocodiles ever lived, if not the biggest.

It dates from the early Cretaceous Period of what is now Africa and South America and is one of the largest crocodile-like reptiles that ever lived. It was almost twice as long as the modern saltwater crocodile and weighed up to 8 tonnes. Like most crocodiles, it had a huge biteforce, possibly up to 9 tons, more than 88,000 N, far exceeding any modern-day crocodile (16,460 N), and is one of the most powerful bite forces on Earth.

Sarcosuchus skeleton
Sarcosuchus imperator skeleton at Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris. Photo: wikipedia

A giant prehistoric crocodile discovered in the Sahara: Machimosaurus rex

National Geographic grantee Federico Fanti and his research team have unearthed a sea-dwelling crocodylomorph (a teleosaurid) skeleton in southern Tunisia, in the Sahara desert: Machimosaurus rex. It is the world’s largest marine crocodyliform, and was previously unknown to science. It’s length is estimated at more than 30 feet (9.14 meters). The giant was probably weighed three tons.
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World’s top 6 biggest prehistoric crocodiles ever lived

Previously, I published a post about the largest crocodiles ever recorded. All sizes in that post were recorded in the recent times. The crocs listed were large, yes, but not as big as most people think. But in the prehistoric ages, some animals were much bigger than today’s counterparts – including crocodiles. So, what was the World’s biggest crocodile ever lived? Here are the top six candidates.
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