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Fri nite frite: Largest known crocodile could swallow a human whole

From “Largest Known Crocodile Could Swallow a Human” (Science Daily, May 4, 2012), we learn,

Brochu’s paper on the discovery of a new crocodile species was just published in the May 3 issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The new species lived between 2 and 4 million years ago in Kenya. It resembled its living cousin, the Nile crocodile, but was more massive.

He recognized the new species from fossils that he examined three years ago at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi. Some were found at sites known for important human fossil discoveries. “It lived alongside our ancestors, and it probably ate them,” Brochu says. He explains that although the fossils contain no evidence of human/reptile encounters, crocodiles generally eat whatever they can swallow, and humans of that time period would have stood no more than four feet tall.

“We don’t actually have fossil human remains with croc bites, but the crocs were bigger than today’s crocodiles, and we were smaller, so there probably wasn’t much biting involved,” Brochu says.

Good job the dam thing is extinct. And real butter, please, on this popcorn.

See also: Shieldcroc! Mother of all crocodiles?

Is this the father of all crocs?

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7 Responses to Fri nite frite: Largest known crocodile could swallow a human whole

  1. GOD designed Crocs who could swallow humans whole. Proof of DESIGN!

  2. No doubt this was a convincing proof to the crocs. :)

  3. BTW,

    Weren’t there really, really BIG CROCS during the same period as the dinosaurs?

  4. Sarcosuchus? LAST year’s croc frite. Now and then we hafta refresh our inventory of frite crocs; otherwise popcorn sales collapse.

    Our real profit centre here is the online popcorn sales, but very few people know this fact. ;)

    We’re thinking of getting into prehistoric frite snakes. We have story researchers working on it right now.

  5. It would be better to be swallowed whole then to be chewed then swallowed.

    If you are swallowed whole then you could just reach into your pocket, grab your trusty swiss-army knife and cut your way out.

  6. Excellent. Never travel without a Swiss Army Knife!

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