Kaprosuchus

No. 300829

by Safari Ltd
$9.99USD

Kaprosuchus shows that prehistoric ‘crocs’ were more diverse than crocodiles today. This extinct relative of modern crocodiles had tusk-like fangs that earned it the nickname “boar croc”. It lived in northern Africa during the late Cretaceous, 95 million years ago.

  • Scientific Name: Kaprosuchus saharicus
  • Characteristics: Kaprosuchus was a meat-eating crocodylomorph - the group that includes modern crocodiles. It had long broad jaws filled with pointed teeth, including enlarged tusk-like fangs. Its strong jaw muscles provided a powerful bite. The body of Kaprosuchus is unknown, but it was probably similar to other crocodylomorphs with four short legs and a long tail.
  • Size and Color: This model is 8.25 inches long and 2 inches high. It has dark green and brown colored scales similar to modern crocodiles.
  • The Kaprosuchus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

History

Kaprosuchus saharicus is known only from one almost complete 1.7-foot-long skull, described and named in 2009. The genus name means ‘boar crocodile’, in reference its three pairs of long fangs, one pair of which protrude upwards and are reminiscent of the tusks of a boar. The species name refers to the Sahara where it was discovered.

Kaprosuchus is a crocodylomorph - the group that includes modern crocodiles. The total length of the animal is estimated at 19 feet so it was a medium-sized predator. The position of its eye sockets, which face outwards and slightly forwards, suggest that it had binocular vision and hunted on land, not in the water like modern crocodiles. Kaprosuchus is therefore portrayed with vertical legs suited for walking on land, rather than sprawling legs suited for swimming.

It occupied northern Africa during the late Cretaceous, 95 million years ago, where it hunted alongside many other predators, including the crocodyliform Laganosuchus, and the large meat-eating dinosaurs Rugops, Spinosaurus, and Carcharodontosaurus. Northern Africa was therefore an especially dangerous place at this time!

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 21 L x 5 H
  • Size in inches: 8.27 L x 1.97 H
  • UPC: 095866300807