The Guardian has news of the discovery of a very large, bipedal crocodile which once inhabited the Carolinas.
Scientists have unearthed fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right before the first dinosaurs appeared.
Transported back to the Triassic Period, what would a person experience upon encountering this agile, roughly 9-foot-long (about 3 meter-long), 5-foot-tall (about 1.5 meter-tall) beast with a long skull and blade-like teeth?
â€œAbject terror,â€ said North Carolina State University paleontologist Lindsay Zanno, who led the research published in the journal Scientific Reports.
â€œClimb up the nearest tree,â€ advised North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences paleontologist Vince Schneider.
The creature is named Carnufex carolinensis, meaning â€œCarolina butcher,â€ for its menacing features. It was a very early member of the crocodile lineage and was unlike todayâ€™s beasts. It was not aquatic and not a quadruped, instead prowling on two legs in the warm equatorial region that North Carolina was at the time.