The Croc That Ran on Hooves

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  • Published: 02 May 2019
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    In the Eocene Epoch, there was a reptile that had teeth equipped for biting through flesh, its hind legs were a lot longer than its front legs and instead of claws, its toes were each capped with hooves. How did this living nightmare come to evolve?

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    Esther van Hulsen: esthervanhulsen.com/
    Stanton Fink: deviantart.com/avancna

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  • A Random guy
    A Random guy  3 hours back

    Kaprosuchus

    • Ham
      Ham  4 hours back

      Ran?

      • SadWings Raging
        SadWings Raging  5 hours back

        Beer for my horses,,,,


        Nahhh, this one gets whiskey!

        • Mc Nakladak
          Mc Nakladak  12 hours back

          This must be something between today crocodile spiecies and their ancestor called postosuchus

          • Minecraft Steve
            Minecraft Steve  1 days back

            Doctor: don’t worry, crocodile horse doesn’t exist

            Crocodile horse:

            • Cory Kingbreaker
              Cory Kingbreaker  2 days back

              Imagine we were riding on vicious horse-like crocodiles instead of horses today

              • NOT HAPPY
                NOT HAPPY  2 days back

                replace horses with these NOW
                NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

                • Duane Hirini
                  Duane Hirini  3 days back

                  Quinkana never died out in Australia until forty thousand years ago!

                  • Νίκος Κουκ
                    Νίκος Κουκ  3 days back

                    Boveri S U C C us

                    • Charl
                      Charl  3 days back

                      HORSE CROC
                      HORSE CROC

                      • Shaheen Mohammad Shah
                        Shaheen Mohammad Shah  3 days back

                        EVERY DAY WE GET CLOSER TO HORSOCROC

                        • Avisek Ganguly
                          Avisek Ganguly  3 days back

                          That's almost like a dragon

                          • Dio Brando
                            Dio Brando  3 days back

                            So it was a mix between Komodo Dragon and a crocodile

                            • Jovan Ramos
                              Jovan Ramos  3 days back

                              This croc has a lot of horse power

                              • Justin R.
                                Justin R.  4 days back

                                It probably could've been bipedal, since looking at other discoveries, the real thing could actually be a lot chubbier than we thought. Maybe its tail was fatter and kinda stiff?

                                • John McCurdy
                                  John McCurdy  4 days back

                                  The crocs were just dressing up as horses for halloween.

                                  • QuirkFrame Industries
                                    QuirkFrame Industries  4 days back

                                    ...and Steve.

                                    • Manny Gears
                                      Manny Gears  4 days back

                                      Imagine going into battle riding a armored crocodile.

                                      • mikes5637
                                        mikes5637  4 days back

                                        I was expecting this thing to be from Australia

                                        • J Qwerty
                                          J Qwerty  4 days back

                                          Rare footage of a crocodile naruto running

                                          • diamond dogs
                                            diamond dogs  5 days back

                                            oh hell
                                            No

                                            • Lishadra
                                              Lishadra  5 days back

                                              You say nightmare fuel, I say “battle mount”

                                              • Murlocdude93
                                                Murlocdude93  5 days back

                                                What's next? Sharks with legs?

                                                • azapps
                                                  azapps  5 days back

                                                  How do they piece together an entire animal from a few teeth and bones?

                                                  • HamsterMC
                                                    HamsterMC  5 days back

                                                    All I could think of while watching this was a video from my favorite suggestion-based drawing channel where the very first drawing was a crocodile horse. It was surprisingly close in concept...


                                                    For anyone interested, the video is called "The Ultimate Animal Hybrid (ft. Katie Marovitch)"

                                                    • Inappropriate Content
                                                      Inappropriate Content  6 days back

                                                      “A leg up” bravo sir😂

                                                      • Sarcastic Demon
                                                        Sarcastic Demon  7 days back

                                                        Danger pony 😐

                                                        • TheZombiesReanimated
                                                          TheZombiesReanimated  7 days back

                                                          These are inspiration for Dragons. There is nothing you can say to convince me otherwise.

                                                          • Bob A Linx
                                                            Bob A Linx  1 weeks back

                                                            Oh, no! The crocodile has coconut shells!

                                                            • Jack Diamond
                                                              Jack Diamond  1 weeks back

                                                              It was OP so it got nerfed

                                                              • ArrowHead x
                                                                ArrowHead x  1 weeks back

                                                                So everything I thought I made up already existed

                                                                • Paolo Pasaol
                                                                  Paolo Pasaol  1 weeks back

                                                                  I hope Asylum makes a horror movie out of this crocodilian 🤣

                                                                  • Bay Area Coalition
                                                                    Bay Area Coalition  1 weeks back

                                                                    Silence water horse!

                                                                    • Kenshiro Lucario
                                                                      Kenshiro Lucario  1 weeks back

                                                                      Even if it wasn't bipedal, this is the closest thing to yoshi we have in anicent history

                                                                      • AdamWalst TV
                                                                        AdamWalst TV  2 weeks back

                                                                        Now i know where Skull Crawlers design was inspired

                                                                        • Nurdin Kühnel
                                                                          Nurdin Kühnel  2 weeks back

                                                                          If you provoke the horse it turns to croc. Especially when you steal its food and toys.

                                                                          • stuartj1234
                                                                            stuartj1234  2 weeks back

                                                                            Who else wants to put roller skates on it when its asleep ?

                                                                            • Legacy of Lore
                                                                              Legacy of Lore  2 weeks back

                                                                              Finally, an Eons presenter that pronounces niches the way I want them to 😂

                                                                              • yah boi yaa
                                                                                yah boi yaa  3 weeks back

                                                                                Maybe it could wear some crocs on its hooves. Alright sorry bye.

                                                                                • Ben Andoh
                                                                                  Ben Andoh  3 weeks back

                                                                                  And how would they flip to aid digestions....nodding ,somersaulting or whipping their tails?

                                                                                  • deepak paslien
                                                                                    deepak paslien  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I want more information about this
                                                                                    I want to be an arceologist

                                                                                  • tea wrecks
                                                                                    tea wrecks  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Somewhere in the fossil record there is a horse with waddling stubby crocodile legs.

                                                                                  • David Khoulian
                                                                                    David Khoulian  3 weeks back

                                                                                    This is literally just the first ever version of a dinosaur, but it’s a lot more shorter and longer snoot

                                                                                    • John DC
                                                                                      John DC  2 weeks back

                                                                                      @Jammie! they havent been the exact same as the non avian dinosaurs though. Terror birds have gone really close to something theropod-like, just add a tail and teeth and you basically have an avian analogue to the non-avian theropods.

                                                                                    • Jammie!
                                                                                      Jammie!  2 weeks back

                                                                                      @John DC Technically birds are dinosaurs though so..

                                                                                    • John DC
                                                                                      John DC  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Yea the extinction of the dinosaurs resulted in some very close imitations of them. In example would be these guys and the terror birds.

                                                                                  • Nico Bellic
                                                                                    Nico Bellic  3 weeks back

                                                                                    So at one point in time there lived a giant, land dwelling, Naruto running crocodile?...



                                                                                    NOPE!

                                                                                    • Chicken noodle soup
                                                                                      Chicken noodle soup  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Can I tame it with hay and apples by any chance?

                                                                                      • Lukas Mihara
                                                                                        Lukas Mihara  3 weeks back

                                                                                        When did dinosaurs stop being dinosaurs and became birds..? :/

                                                                                        • John DC
                                                                                          John DC  2 weeks back

                                                                                          @Lukas Mihara the fossil record's earliest birdlike fossils were dated to be from the Jurassic period.

                                                                                          We can call all birds dinosaurs, but it is easier to just call them birds to be more specific in certain situations.

                                                                                        • Lukas Mihara
                                                                                          Lukas Mihara  2 weeks back

                                                                                          And again, we still don't call those birds dinosaurs although they seem to be "the same". Anyways, I asked _when_ did "dinosaurs" become "birds". And why do we even call them like that if they're the same as you say? Why do we need a new name (bird) for something that already had a name?

                                                                                        • generic username 420
                                                                                          generic username 420  2 weeks back

                                                                                          @Lukas Mihara well that's wrong. Not all dinosaurs are birds, but all birds are dinosaurs

                                                                                        • Lukas Mihara
                                                                                          Lukas Mihara  2 weeks back

                                                                                          However, we're calling nowadays "dinosaurs" birds, but not dinosaurs, and ancient "birds" dinosaurs, but not birds.

                                                                                        • generic username 420
                                                                                          generic username 420  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Never, since dinosaurs are paraphyletic which means birds are dinosaurs

                                                                                      • 466chalk
                                                                                        466chalk  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Thanks, Steve!

                                                                                        • Mzyxplx
                                                                                          Mzyxplx  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Everyones suddenly a comedian