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Green Sahara: 2008
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Roughly 40 feet from head to tail, an ancient reptile unearthed from the sands of the Sahara has earned the nickname SuperCroc.
Sarcosuchus imperator. This huge crocodilian, which ruled Africa's middle Cretaceous rivers some 110 million years ago, was among the world's largest crocs. ]]>
Sarcosuchus was the monster among them, devouring fish and challenging even such rivals as the spinosaur
which speared fish with its sickle-shaped claws. ]]>
Sarcosuchus skulls. Fossils—20 tons in all—were sealed in protective plaster and laid in camp to await shipment to the U.S. ]]>
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