Learn about ‘Super Crocs’ at new exhibit

Museum of Western Colorado/Special to the Sentinel Just the head of a Deinosuchus was 6 feet long. Deinosuchus was found in Utah and castings of its bones ar part of “Super Crocs: Terrors of the Cretaceous Swamp” exhibit opening Friday, May 24, at Dinosaur Journey 550 Jurassic Court, in Fruita.



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Museum of Western Colorado/Special to the Sentinel Just the head of a Deinosuchus was 6 feet long. Deinosuchus was found in Utah and castings of its bones ar part of “Super Crocs: Terrors of the Cretaceous Swamp” exhibit opening Friday, May 24, at Dinosaur Journey 550 Jurassic Court, in Fruita.

See you later, alligator. In a while, crocodile ... make that 112 million years later.

“Super Crocs: Terrors of the Cretaceous Swamp,” an exhibit featuring the ancestors of today’s alligators and crocodiles, will open Friday, May 24, at Dinosaur Journey, 550 Jurassic Court, in Fruita.

These monsters lived 112 million years ago in the Early Cretaceous swamps, according to a news release from Museum of Western Colorado.

“King among these truly phenomenal animals was the Sarcosuchus, which has been nicknamed the ‘Super Croc.’ In the Sahara Desert, paleontologists unearthed the most complete Sarcosuchus skeleton to have ever been found. They then launched a multi-year process to reconstruct the Super Croc,” the news release said.

A National Geographic film chronicling the reconstruction said the 10-ton, 40-foot lean and mean hunter didn’t walk with the dinosaurs. It ate them!

The “Super Crocs” exhibit features a life-size reconstruction of Sarcosuchus and a newly constructed cast of its North American counterpart, the Deinosuchus, found in Utah.

The exhibit will be on display through Labor Day. Admission to Dinosaur Journey is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.25 for ages 3–12 or $24.50 for a family group.

Call 242-0971 or go to museumofwesternco.org for information.



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