Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotImagine finding the skull and bones of a crocodilian in the middle of the Sahara desert. Aside from being a distinctive discovery, it tells us that the climate in this region was once very different. This creature lived in water and, based on the fossilized evidence, was similar although not a direct ancestor of today's crocodilians. This monster was forty feet long, and it was strong. Its jaws had a bite force of 18,000 pounds, stronger than a T. Rex, and it also preyed upon other dinosaurs. This discovery by Paul Sereno was not the first in that area but the fossil was the most complete and, after considerable study and analysis, the artist and scientist were able to reconstruct "super croc." The creature is frequently on tour and is used to introduce people to life as it was 110 million years ago in Niger. The closing pages describe Africa, the dinosaurs that lived during the same period as super croc, and offer definitions and pronunciation guides in the glossary, a listing of places to obtain more information, and an index. This well-written book should appeal to older kids who have not lost their interest in dinosaurs.
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