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Dino-eating croc unveiled 恐龍殺手 - 帝鱷重現


French paleontologists Philippe Taquet and France de Lapparent de Broin pose on Sacro at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, Aug. 29, 2007.Photo: AFP

The model crocodile in the picture lived more than 110 million years ago.

As long as a tourist bus and with jaws big enough to pick up a cow, Sarcosuchus imperator was surely the biggest, baddest crocodile to ever roam the earth.

The model was made by the French company Orphys. It took 1,800 hours of work and 750kg of resin to create it.

It was unveiled last month by Philippe Taquet. Taquet was the first to identify and name the crocodile based on fossil remains found in Niger over 40 years ago.

Sarcosuchus imperator, or Sarco, measured 12m from snout to tail and weighed 10 tonnes. Experts believe that Sarco ate big fish and small dinosaurs.

Sarco's new home will be the Crocodile Farm, a wildlife park with 400 of its modern cousins, along with an assortment of giant turtles.

(Staff Writer, with AFP)








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1. roam v.t.

漫遊 (man4 you2)

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2. resin n.

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例: Pigs have snouts.


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