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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Comments • 1 816

  • AppleRain
    AppleRain  11 hours back

    Ok but what about a horse that swam like a crocodile. Webbed hooves and a long scaley tail.

    • Gardian 7
      Gardian 7  14 hours back

      *why has everyone forgotten about Kaprosuchus, a croc that could gallop, and even rearup on its back legs and swipe with 4inch razor claws*

      *oh and I forgot about its 3 inch fangs that gave it its name*

      • DrtyDan
        DrtyDan  21 hours back

        Most all creatures “just showed up” in the fossil record. Your looking at the fossil record wrong. It’s not like a book being read for understanding. Sorry it’s just not like that.

        • KJ Ron
          KJ Ron  22 hours back

          I wish I was apart of this channel

          • caillustration
            caillustration  1 days back

            Why do people like you use the word fodder so much. Do you also "geek out" about beer?

            • Frederic Chopin
              Frederic Chopin  1 days back

              Kaprosuchus ark lol

              • I'm Charming
                I'm Charming  1 days back

                Ah yes the nopeasaurus

                • sockmonkey6666
                  sockmonkey6666  2 days back

                  A lot of quadrupedal lizards do "pop a wheelie" for the first few strides of a sprint for better acceleration. That's probably what this animal did, and why it has those big back legs.

                  • Ruby iscute
                    Ruby iscute  2 days back

                    Can PBS make a walking with dinousaurs like show?

                    • Ramesh EV
                      Ramesh EV  2 days back

                      is it a crocodile or crocodile like komondo dragon

                      • phat ho
                        phat ho  3 days back

                        Crock with hooves:
                        Horse with claws

                        • Water
                          Water  3 days back

                          Clip clop

                          • Toshinori Yagi
                            Toshinori Yagi  3 days back

                            *Video:* Has 419 dislikes

                            *Me:* "Oh yeah, it's all coming together."

                            • Black Rose
                              Black Rose  3 days back

                              Reminds me of a trex

                              • Kevin Masters
                                Kevin Masters  5 days back

                                This monster might have been able to sprint metres at a time by pushing off the ground with its rear legs but I doubt it can run - too heavy and the rear legs are not big and long enough to walk on full-time.

                                • A Random guy
                                  A Random guy  5 days back

                                  Kaprosuchus

                                  • Ham
                                    Ham  5 days back

                                    Ran?

                                    • SadWings Raging
                                      SadWings Raging  5 days back

                                      Beer for my horses,,,,


                                      Nahhh, this one gets whiskey!

                                      • Mc Nakladak
                                        Mc Nakladak  5 days back

                                        This must be something between today crocodile spiecies and their ancestor called postosuchus

                                        • Minecraft Steve
                                          Minecraft Steve  6 days back

                                          Doctor: don’t worry, crocodile horse doesn’t exist

                                          Crocodile horse:

                                          • Cory Kingbreaker
                                            Cory Kingbreaker  6 days back

                                            Imagine we were riding on vicious horse-like crocodiles instead of horses today

                                            • NOT HAPPY
                                              NOT HAPPY  1 weeks back

                                              replace horses with these NOW
                                              NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

                                              • Duane Hirini
                                                Duane Hirini  1 weeks back

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

                                                • Νίκος Κουκ
                                                  Νίκος Κουκ  1 weeks back

                                                  Boveri S U C C us

                                                  • Charl
                                                    Charl  1 weeks back

                                                    HORSE CROC
                                                    HORSE CROC

                                                    • Shaheen Mohammad Shah
                                                      Shaheen Mohammad Shah  1 weeks back

                                                      EVERY DAY WE GET CLOSER TO HORSOCROC

                                                      • Avisek Ganguly
                                                        Avisek Ganguly  1 weeks back

                                                        That's almost like a dragon

                                                        • Dio Brando
                                                          Dio Brando  1 weeks back

                                                          So it was a mix between Komodo Dragon and a crocodile

                                                          • Jovan Ramos
                                                            Jovan Ramos  1 weeks back

                                                            This croc has a lot of horse power

                                                            • Justin R.
                                                              Justin R.  1 weeks 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 weeks back

                                                                The crocs were just dressing up as horses for halloween.

                                                                • QuirkFrame Industries
                                                                  QuirkFrame Industries  1 weeks back

                                                                  ...and Steve.

                                                                  • Manny Gears
                                                                    Manny Gears  1 weeks back

                                                                    Imagine going into battle riding a armored crocodile.

                                                                    • mikes5637
                                                                      mikes5637  1 weeks back

                                                                      I was expecting this thing to be from Australia

                                                                      • J Qwerty
                                                                        J Qwerty  1 weeks back

                                                                        Rare footage of a crocodile naruto running

                                                                        • diamond dogs
                                                                          diamond dogs  1 weeks back

                                                                          oh hell
                                                                          No

                                                                          • Lishadra
                                                                            Lishadra  1 weeks back

                                                                            You say nightmare fuel, I say “battle mount”

                                                                            • Murlocdude93
                                                                              Murlocdude93  1 weeks back

                                                                              What's next? Sharks with legs?

                                                                              • azapps
                                                                                azapps  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                • HamsterMC
                                                                                  HamsterMC  1 weeks 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  2 weeks back

                                                                                    “A leg up” bravo sir😂

                                                                                    • Sarcastic Demon
                                                                                      Sarcastic Demon  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Danger pony 😐

                                                                                      • TheZombiesReanimated
                                                                                        TheZombiesReanimated  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Bob A Linx
                                                                                          Bob A Linx  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Oh, no! The crocodile has coconut shells!

                                                                                          • Jack Diamond
                                                                                            Jack Diamond  2 weeks back

                                                                                            It was OP so it got nerfed

                                                                                            • ArrowHead x
                                                                                              ArrowHead x  2 weeks back

                                                                                              So everything I thought I made up already existed

                                                                                              • Paolo Pasaol
                                                                                                Paolo Pasaol  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                                • Bay Area Coalition
                                                                                                  Bay Area Coalition  2 weeks back

                                                                                                  Silence water horse!