Meet Estemmenosuchus Which Means The Crowned Crocodile In Greek

Crowned Crocodile Estemmenosuchus

Estemmenosuchus is an extinct animal that was therapsid. It is believed that the Estemmenosuchus lived around 267 million years ago, in the middle part of the Middle Permian. 

They are usually characterized by their horn-like structures over their head, which were probably used to save themselves from predators. There were two known species of Estemmenosuchus; Estemmenosuchus Uralensis and Mirabilis. Both of the species were from Perm Krai, Russia. 

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Their diet is still subjective, as their large bellies indicate the digestive system of herbivores. It is estimated that their sharp forward pointed teeth might be used to eat plant material such as cycads and conifers. As we all know, herbivores such as cows, buffalo, and other animals have larger bodies to digest plant material (cellulose) easily.

Their bodies could reach up to the length of more than 10 feet, and their skulls were long and massive. They had several horn-like structures on their heads, somewhat similar to the antlers of a moose which can be grown upward and outward from the sides of their heads. 

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They had a sprawling body posture.

They were pretty scary, but we can say that their bodies were a modern combination of a cow and a hippopotamus with elaborate head crests. 

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The Estemmenosuchus is still a mystery for many researchers, and they are still finding their habitat and reason for extinction.

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