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Stomatosuchus inermis by avancna Stomatosuchus inermis by avancna
Stomatosuchus inermis was an enormous 12 meter long crocodilian from the Upper Cretaceous of Egypt. It may have been a contemporary of the equally enormous Sarcosuchus imperator. Unlike its carnivorous relative, S. inermis was a baleen whale-like planktivore, as its jaws were built in a manner reminiscent of a pelican, in that the snout was long, but flat, like a lid, and the toothless lower jawbone is extremely thin, like a gasket, suggesting it supported a pouch like throat. S. inermis' 2 to 3 centimeter long teeth were only in its upper jaw, and were used to hold their prey (minnow-like fish) as water was forced back out of its mouth.

Sadly, the only known specimen, which was collected in German paleontologist Ernst Stromer's Egyptian expedition, was obliterated when the Munich Museum was destroyed during an Allied bombing raid in 1944.
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Centrosaurus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woowww! This is Great! :)
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With the discovery and understanding of the related Laganosuchus, this is an out of date reconstruction of Stomatosuchus. In that, it was not a pelican-throated whale-adile, but a flat-snouted fishtrapper.
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
you can german too ??
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avancna Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No.
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subearanhuman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
well then, very cool. it's unfortunate that the only specimen was destroyed though. what a loss:(
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ja.
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ebony66136 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
Cool! Nice pose.
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squidink Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
That is too sad, but here's hoping for another expedition to find another fossil specimen! S. inermis must have been an awesome sight to see swimming.
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avancna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed.
I wonder if it could sing like a whale, or a crocodile?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, whale crocodiles! Convergent evolution is so awesome.

I always learn something new when I visit your page :)
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a pity that we have yet to find another specimen of it.
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Cyclopean Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006   Writer
That sucks about the fossil. Hopefully another will be found.
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One day, I hope.
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TarenKen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
Nice. I love the pose. I've always liked reptiles :3 especially snakes and crocodiles.
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you seen some of my other crocodiles?
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