National Geographic : 2000 Aug
ADiverse Clan of Crocs Small crocodiles and their bigger cousins haunted the land and waterways of Madagascar throughout the late Cretaceous. So far, seven kinds have been unearthed, ranging in size from the two foot-long Araripesuchusto Mahajangasuchus, which measured 13 feet (both on facing page). Carrying precious cargo, my colleagues and I (right, at left) lug a specimen encased in plaster for shipment to the Field Museum. There our crocodile specialist, Gregory Buckley of Chicago's Roose velt University, removed the plaster casing and the sand stone matrix surrounding the bones. Before him lay the most bizarre croco dile he had ever seen ,f, croc bore teeth (pages 44-5 and 56-7). clearly made for vegeta It lacked the typical crocodil- tion, not flesh, and a snout ian long snout and conical that looked as if it had run teeth. Instead, this pug-nosed headlong into a tree.