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In 1824, French naturalist Georges Cuvier described the first Boverisuchus fossils.The fossils came out of central France and contained only a few teeth and bones.

The shocking part about this creature was it was unlike any other crocodilian. The Boverisuchus’ teeth were long, flat, and serrated which is unusual because modern alligators and crocodiles have smooth and conical teeth. 

Also, the Boverisuchus’s hind legs are longer than its front which means that Boverisuchus was suited for life on land and running. Lastly, the thing that confirms Boverisuchus’ terrestrial life is its hooves. Boverisuchus’s rounded off toes were better suited for running because they could get more traction. 

Boverisuchus was a three to four meter long Planocranid that lived forty to fifty million years ago. It was once known Boverisuchus as Pristichampsus Rollinatii. The new classification of Pristichampsus is due to insufficient diagnostic material. Boverisuchus is counted as a valid genus and there are 2 species in that genus, B. Magnifrons and B. Vorax.


Sources: Research-gate, PBS Eons, Revoly