“Oh this is the Dakosaurus. We do not know much about it but we are pretty sure that is the grandfather of the modern Crocodiles.”
– Mr. DNA
Dakosaurus is a genus of marine crocodyliform reptiles that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, around 85 to 70 million years ago. Fossils of Dakosaurus have been found in Europe and South America, suggesting a widespread distribution during the Late Cretaceous.
Dakosaurus was a large, carnivorous reptile that grew up to around 5 meters in length. It had a long and narrow snout with interlocking teeth, which would have allowed it to grip onto slippery prey like fish and cephalopods. Its eyes were located towards the top of its head, giving it excellent binocular vision and allowing it to better track prey in the water.
Dakosaurus likely lived a marine lifestyle, swimming and hunting in the shallow seas that covered much of the world during the Late Cretaceous. It was likely an apex predator in its ecosystem, preying on smaller marine reptiles, fish, and cephalopods.
The name Dakosaurus means “biter lizard”, as is derived from the Greek word dakos (Biter)
The fossils of Dakosaurus have provided valuable information about the diversity and evolution of crocodyliforms during the Late Cretaceous, as well as the ancient marine ecosystems in which they lived.
How to unlock Dakosaurus in Jurassic World Dino Trackers Collection?
Open up your Jurassic World Facts app, press the Scan button and point it towards the DNA code here:
5 m (16 feet)