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Comic #653

1 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: WHO ARE YOU?
2 Death of Being Wrestled To Death By Steve: DEATH OF BEING WRESTLED TO DEATH BY STEVE.
3 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: THERE'S ONE OF US ASSIGNED JUST FOR THAT?!
4 Death of Being Wrestled To Death By Steve: WHO DO YOU THINK COLLECTS ALL THOSE CROCODILES?

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2013-11-29 Rerun commentary: Crocodiles, or more precisely crocodilians (crocodile-like animals), have been around a long, long time. The first ones evolved in the early Triassic period, around the same time as the very earliest dinosaurs, some 250 million years ago. And modern species of crocodiles and their relatives are still around today, so they've been very successful as a group.

Ancient crocodiles were even more impressive than modern ones. Sarcosuchus lived about 120 million years ago, in the early Cretaceous, and grew to some 12 metres long. Other prehistoric crocodilians of similar size include Deinosuchus, Purussaurus, and Gryposuchus. Yeah, there wasn't a big shortage of enormous monster crocodiles. These critters used to eat dinosaurs for a living.

So if you ever find yourself stranded in the Triassic, Jurassic, or Cretaceous, it's not just the dinosaurs you need to worry about. Be really, really careful going near a river to get a drink of water too.

EDIT: Michael S. writes:

You suggest that one should be careful drinking out of waterways during the Mesozoic to avoid crocodiles. I must tell you, this will be entirely insufficient. The crocodilians were far, far more diverse in the Mesozoic. Pristichampsus, for instance, was fully terrestrial, with long, running legs for chasing down time-travellers who think they are safe far from the water's edge. Some may have been arboreal and some were certainly herbivores... which our time traveller might not have to worry so much about being eaten by, but is certainly interesting! Please be careful when time travelling!

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