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Baby Purussaurus by Zimices Baby Purussaurus by Zimices
Skull from a juvenile specimen of Purussaurus neivensis from La Venta Fauna. Museo Geológico José Royo y Gómez, Bogotá. A more complete view of this specimen is here: 1.bp.blogspot.com/-ej6Qw3ZlGmQ…
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Ursumeles Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
Huh, surprised I haven´t seen this yet.
If the Skull is 40cm long, the caiman should have been between 2 and 2,5m in lenght, no? Still pretty big.
Also, I can´t seem to find skull images of adult P. neivensi, but from what I´ve found (twitter.com/en_route_paleo/sta…)this species seems to had a rather flat and "normal" looking skull, compared to the very massive one of P. brasiliensi. Can you confirm or deny this assumption?
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Zimices Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist
Hmm, I'm reading the description of this skull: actually measures 44,1 cm so is certainly a respectable size. There is also images of the adult skull, which measures about a meter in length, and these skulls have a smaller nose and not so flat appearance as in the recosntructions of P. brasiliensis. Jorge Moreno Bernal, who have worked with skull of Purussaurus, suggests that is better use this less collapsed reconstruction:  Martha, Malena, and the Purussaurus (2017) by jwmorenob
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ucumari Featured By Owner May 17, 2018
que maravilla, me habria encantado verlos vivosa los Purussaurus, claro desde un vehiculo blindado
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Zimices Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist
Jeje, bueno con uno jovencito el vehículo no haría falta, aunque con adultos yo creo que sería mejor con helicóptero. :D
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ucumari Featured By Owner May 18, 2018
un tanque seria mas seguro, porque si sus parientes actuales son capaces de saltar fuera del agua ¿porque este gigante no?para el un helicoptero solo seria una pajaro grande, quizas apetitoso
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Zimices Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist
Bueno, un helicóptero no tendría porqué acercarse tanto, y de todas maneras el ruido de las aspas ahuyenta de por sí a muchos animales, incluyendo cocodrilos modernos.
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jwmorenob Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
Mi tesis de pregrado / My undergrad thesis
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Zimices Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2018  Hobbyist
Muy interesante como objeto de estudio... por cierto, ¿esa tesis se puede consultar?
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Myony Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, it's cute~

I bet that was certainly a sight to see in person, huh? Something from only a juvenile that was already almost half a metre in length~ Really puts you into perspective with how gigantic these things were.
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Zimices Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2018  Hobbyist
Indeed. Although Purussaurus neivensis is the smaller species between Purussaurus, still it was a large animal and is interesting to see that they begin their lives been more similar to a modern caiman, with large eyes. :)
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Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
How big was it?
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Zimices Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Hobbyist
Over 40 cm. in length.
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Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
So 2 feet.
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Zimices Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Hobbyist
More like 1,3 feet.
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Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
Okay.
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ChrisM199 Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Student Filmographer
maybe 5 or 15 ft i think
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Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
Okay.
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