The Croc That Ran on Hooves

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  • Published: 02 May 2019
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    In the Eocene Epoch, there was a reptile that had teeth equipped for biting through flesh, its hind legs were a lot longer than its front legs and instead of claws, its toes were each capped with hooves. How did this living nightmare come to evolve?

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    Nobu Tamura: spinops.blogspot.com/
    Esther van Hulsen: esthervanhulsen.com/
    Stanton Fink: deviantart.com/avancna

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Comments • 1 787

  • Duane Hirini
    Duane Hirini  58 minutes back

    Quinkana never died out in Australia until forty thousand years ago!

    • Νίκος Κουκ
      Νίκος Κουκ  2 hours back

      Boveri S U C C us

      • Charl
        Charl  4 hours back

        HORSE CROC
        HORSE CROC

        • Shaheen Mohammad Shah
          Shaheen Mohammad Shah  13 hours back

          EVERY DAY WE GET CLOSER TO HORSOCROC

          • Avisek Ganguly
            Avisek Ganguly  16 hours back

            That's almost like a dragon

            • Dio Brando
              Dio Brando  16 hours back

              So it was a mix between Komodo Dragon and a crocodile

              • Jovan Ramos
                Jovan Ramos  20 hours back

                This croc has a lot of horse power

                • Justin R.
                  Justin R.  22 hours back

                  It probably could've been bipedal, since looking at other discoveries, the real thing could actually be a lot chubbier than we thought. Maybe its tail was fatter and kinda stiff?

                  • John McCurdy
                    John McCurdy  1 days back

                    The crocs were just dressing up as horses for halloween.

                    • QuirkFrame Industries
                      QuirkFrame Industries  1 days back

                      ...and Steve.

                      • Manny Gears
                        Manny Gears  1 days back

                        Imagine going into battle riding a armored crocodile.

                        • mikes5637
                          mikes5637  2 days back

                          I was expecting this thing to be from Australia

                          • J Qwerty
                            J Qwerty  2 days back

                            Rare footage of a crocodile naruto running

                            • diamond dogs
                              diamond dogs  2 days back

                              oh hell
                              No

                              • Lishadra
                                Lishadra  2 days back

                                You say nightmare fuel, I say “battle mount”

                                • Murlocdude93
                                  Murlocdude93  2 days back

                                  What's next? Sharks with legs?

                                  • azapps
                                    azapps  2 days back

                                    How do they piece together an entire animal from a few teeth and bones?

                                    • HamsterMC
                                      HamsterMC  3 days back

                                      All I could think of while watching this was a video from my favorite suggestion-based drawing channel where the very first drawing was a crocodile horse. It was surprisingly close in concept...


                                      For anyone interested, the video is called "The Ultimate Animal Hybrid (ft. Katie Marovitch)"

                                      • Inappropriate Content
                                        Inappropriate Content  3 days back

                                        “A leg up” bravo sir😂

                                        • Sarcastic Demon
                                          Sarcastic Demon  4 days back

                                          Danger pony 😐

                                          • TheZombiesReanimated
                                            TheZombiesReanimated  4 days back

                                            These are inspiration for Dragons. There is nothing you can say to convince me otherwise.

                                            • Bob A Linx
                                              Bob A Linx  4 days back

                                              Oh, no! The crocodile has coconut shells!

                                              • Jack Diamond
                                                Jack Diamond  4 days back

                                                It was OP so it got nerfed

                                                • ArrowHead x
                                                  ArrowHead x  6 days back

                                                  So everything I thought I made up already existed

                                                  • Paolo Pasaol
                                                    Paolo Pasaol  7 days back

                                                    I hope Asylum makes a horror movie out of this crocodilian 🤣

                                                    • Bay Area Coalition
                                                      Bay Area Coalition  7 days back

                                                      Silence water horse!

                                                      • Kenshiro Lucario
                                                        Kenshiro Lucario  7 days back

                                                        Even if it wasn't bipedal, this is the closest thing to yoshi we have in anicent history

                                                        • AdamWalst TV
                                                          AdamWalst TV  1 weeks back

                                                          Now i know where Skull Crawlers design was inspired

                                                          • Nurdin Kühnel
                                                            Nurdin Kühnel  2 weeks back

                                                            If you provoke the horse it turns to croc. Especially when you steal its food and toys.

                                                            • stuartj1234
                                                              stuartj1234  2 weeks back

                                                              Who else wants to put roller skates on it when its asleep ?

                                                              • Legacy of Lore
                                                                Legacy of Lore  2 weeks back

                                                                Finally, an Eons presenter that pronounces niches the way I want them to 😂

                                                                • yah boi yaa
                                                                  yah boi yaa  2 weeks back

                                                                  Maybe it could wear some crocs on its hooves. Alright sorry bye.

                                                                  • Ben Andoh
                                                                    Ben Andoh  2 weeks back

                                                                    And how would they flip to aid digestions....nodding ,somersaulting or whipping their tails?

                                                                    • deepak paslien
                                                                      deepak paslien  2 weeks back

                                                                      I want more information about this
                                                                      I want to be an arceologist

                                                                    • tea wrecks
                                                                      tea wrecks  2 weeks back

                                                                      Somewhere in the fossil record there is a horse with waddling stubby crocodile legs.

                                                                    • David Khoulian
                                                                      David Khoulian  2 weeks back

                                                                      This is literally just the first ever version of a dinosaur, but it’s a lot more shorter and longer snoot

                                                                      • John DC
                                                                        John DC  2 weeks back

                                                                        @Jammie! they havent been the exact same as the non avian dinosaurs though. Terror birds have gone really close to something theropod-like, just add a tail and teeth and you basically have an avian analogue to the non-avian theropods.

                                                                      • Jammie!
                                                                        Jammie!  2 weeks back

                                                                        @John DC Technically birds are dinosaurs though so..

                                                                      • John DC
                                                                        John DC  2 weeks back

                                                                        Yea the extinction of the dinosaurs resulted in some very close imitations of them. In example would be these guys and the terror birds.

                                                                    • Nico Bellic
                                                                      Nico Bellic  3 weeks back

                                                                      So at one point in time there lived a giant, land dwelling, Naruto running crocodile?...



                                                                      NOPE!

                                                                      • Chicken noodle soup
                                                                        Chicken noodle soup  3 weeks back

                                                                        Can I tame it with hay and apples by any chance?

                                                                        • Lukas Mihara
                                                                          Lukas Mihara  3 weeks back

                                                                          When did dinosaurs stop being dinosaurs and became birds..? :/

                                                                          • John DC
                                                                            John DC  2 weeks back

                                                                            @Lukas Mihara the fossil record's earliest birdlike fossils were dated to be from the Jurassic period.

                                                                            We can call all birds dinosaurs, but it is easier to just call them birds to be more specific in certain situations.

                                                                          • Lukas Mihara
                                                                            Lukas Mihara  2 weeks back

                                                                            And again, we still don't call those birds dinosaurs although they seem to be "the same". Anyways, I asked _when_ did "dinosaurs" become "birds". And why do we even call them like that if they're the same as you say? Why do we need a new name (bird) for something that already had a name?

                                                                          • generic username 420
                                                                            generic username 420  2 weeks back

                                                                            @Lukas Mihara well that's wrong. Not all dinosaurs are birds, but all birds are dinosaurs

                                                                          • Lukas Mihara
                                                                            Lukas Mihara  2 weeks back

                                                                            However, we're calling nowadays "dinosaurs" birds, but not dinosaurs, and ancient "birds" dinosaurs, but not birds.

                                                                          • generic username 420
                                                                            generic username 420  2 weeks back

                                                                            Never, since dinosaurs are paraphyletic which means birds are dinosaurs

                                                                        • 466chalk
                                                                          466chalk  3 weeks back

                                                                          Thanks, Steve!

                                                                          • Mzyxplx _
                                                                            Mzyxplx _  3 weeks back

                                                                            Everyones suddenly a comedian

                                                                            • Michael Myers
                                                                              Michael Myers  3 weeks back

                                                                              The croc can Naruto run

                                                                              • Michael Myers
                                                                                Michael Myers  3 weeks back

                                                                                It was time for Thomas to leave,
                                                                                he had seen everthing

                                                                                • cat cheesecake
                                                                                  cat cheesecake  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Horse girls......they increased their powers

                                                                                  • WhyDidntIInventYT
                                                                                    WhyDidntIInventYT  3 weeks back

                                                                                    "galloping crocodiles!" should be an exclamation.

                                                                                    • zhang John
                                                                                      zhang John  3 weeks back

                                                                                      back in the years, everything are large asf

                                                                                      • Souji Tendou
                                                                                        Souji Tendou  3 weeks back

                                                                                        what if the crocs were the ambush type, as the pray got faster at running away from the ambush. The crocs that were able to use their legs to launch forward got more pray. Eventually, they evolve better legs that were able to run after the pray.

                                                                                        • Michael Hartman
                                                                                          Michael Hartman  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Thanks for the interesting video. When I saw those rear legs under its body, I thought that baby can run, and how it could catch me. Belly scrubbing crocodiles, and ilk that stay in the water constantly make me wonder why they didn't evolve flippers like liopleurodon.