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The name, meaning “gigantic crocodile”, was given by Sir Richard Owen to an incomplete set of teeth. The rest of the animal appears to have been very crocodile-like as well, with short sprawling limbs, a long, low body and a long tail.(walking dinosaur costume)


Features: The dentition, consisting of strong incisors adapted for both stabbing and crushing, having both points and flat grinding surfaces, the big canines and the many serrated teeth at the back, along with the general crocodile-like build of the body, has always suggested that Titanosuchus was a meat-eater. However, in recent times some scientists have come to doubt this, seeing the dentition as just as well adapted for plant food as for meat – the serrated rear teeth could have worked like vegetable graters.


Most of the titanosuchids resembled the earlier eotitanosuchids in their general crocodile-like forms, but some became very much larger and slower-moving – seemingly a stage towards the development of plant- eating types. They must have preyed on the biggest and slowest-moving of the contemporary herbivores, the anapsid pareiasaurs or their own relatives the dinocephalians.


Features: Jonkena has a long snout, expanded at the end, and large incisors and canines. The teeth show it to have been a meat-eater, but it has a very large and heavy build for an animal with such a lifestyle, and the limbs are very stout. It is quite possible that it was omnivorous, eating mostly plants but also taking carrion and live animals, like some of today’s nominal carnivores such as bears.
Below: Jonkeria may have been the equivalent of the modern bear, eating anything that it could find, and dangerous to anything that it approached.