Fast Facts Edit
- Type: Reptile
- Diet: Carnivore
- Size: About 11 to 13 meters(36-43 feet) long 7-10 tons in wight.
- Protection status: Extinct
- Purussaurus is the largest of the giant crocodilians, perhaps probably even suppressing Deinosuchus in size. It reigned supreme in central South America in the Miocene period, 8 million years ago. Like other crocodiles, Purussaurus would have easily been capable of tackling large prey. As the monster caiman of the Miocene, Purussaurus had a very stout, robust head that included large, sharp-edged teeth suited for gripping and holding onto struggling prey. This giant is known from skull material found in throughout north-central South America. Paleontologists estimated Purussaurus brasilensis to be around 11–13 meters in length. It associated with sharks, rays, turtles, and other crocodilians in the water.
Purussaurus is one of the last of the giant, extinct crocodiles. As a large caiman, its skull is much more robust than the other giant crocodiles. Though other crocodilians have obtained giant sizes, as they are Deinosuchus, Sarcosuchus, Gryposuchus, and Mourasuchus. Info sourced from http://dinopedia.wikia.com