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Indosuchus

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Indosuchus

Sergey Krasovskiy

Name:

Indosuchus (Greek for "Indian crocodile"); pronounced IN-doe-SOO-kuss

Habitat:

Woodlands of southern India

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (70-65 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 20 feet long and one ton

Diet:

Meat

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Large head; stiff tail; bipedal posture

About Indosuchus:

As you may have guessed from its name--"Indian crocodile"--Indosuchus wasn't identified as a dinosaur when its scattered remains were first discovered in 1933, in southern India. It was only much later that this creature was reconstructed as a large theropod closely related to the South American Abelisaurus, and thus a devoted hunter of the small- to mid-sized hadrosaurs and titanosaurs of late Cretaceous central Asia.

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