Sarcosuchus

sarcoNormally on here the word ‘archosaur’ is pretty much synonymous with ‘dinosaur’ and ‘pterosaur’, since that is primarily what I work on and what I am most interested in and thus know most about. However, there is the odd occasion when I can bring something different and a bit more generally archosaurian. So here is a mediocre photo of a mediocre specimen (though admittedly it is the holotype) of Sarcosuchus, the giant crocodilian for the North African Cretaceous. This specimen is on display in the fantastic Muséum National d’ Histoire Naturelle in Paris, a place well worth a few hours of anyone’s time, and is quite a small one at just 4m or so, these things got really big (though just how big is another question entirely).

4 Responses to “Sarcosuchus”


  1. 1 Adam Pritchard 28/12/2008 at 12:23 am

    Hmmmmmm…Sarcosuchus’ adult size is in question?

  2. 2 David Hone 28/12/2008 at 1:07 pm

    Well, the maximum size. Look at how hard it is to ascertain the maximum size of extant crocodilians and then wind that back to partial skeletons from the Cretaceous. Dmaned big, yes, but there are lots of numbers floating around and it’s hard to pick between them in terms of accuracy / possibility (not that I have looked into this in detail, though obviously I have a long standing interest in maximum sizes).

  3. 3 Celestial Emperor 19/10/2013 at 10:15 pm

    I don’t think its the holotype (MNN 604, curved HL 160cm), because Paul Sereno do admit that MNN 604 is the largest skull, it looks more MNHN GDF 662 (HL curved 157cm), but its not medicore either, only 3 cm shorter than the so called “12 meter” sarcosuchus, which really max out at 10 meters…..


  1. 1 Deinosuchus on display « Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings Trackback on 01/03/2012 at 8:03 am

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