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Dakosaurus maximus
Dakosaurus maximus is a prehistoric marine reptile that lived during the Late Jurassic period, approximately 150 million years ago. This marine predator belonged to the group of marine crocodiles, but had unique characteristics that distinguished it from its current terrestrial and aquatic relatives.

Dakosaurus maximus was a carnivorous reptile that inhabited the oceans of what is now Europe and South America. It was a formidable predator, with an elongated body that could reach up 4-5 meters in length. Its general appearance resembled that of a crocodile, with a large, robust head full of sharp teeth. These pointed, curved teeth were ideal for catching and tearing apart their prey, which included fish, other marine reptiles, and possibly even ammonites.

An interesting feature of Dakosaurus maximus was its adaptation to life in the sea. Its fins were longer and suitable for swimming compared to land crocodiles, allowing it to move agilely in the water. It also had large, well-developed eyes, suggesting that it was a visual predator that actively hunted.

Although not much is known about its social behavior, it is likely that Dakosaurus maximus was a solitary hunter that stalked its prey in the Jurassic seas.

Approximate measurements of the Dakosaurus:
  • Scale 1:35 - 105 mm