(Photographs by author)

The crocodylomorphs arose in the mid Triassic within the Crurotarsi, one of the main lines of archosaur evolution. Although originally land-dwelling hunters, they adopted a more semi-aquatic lifestyle as they evolved. Today there are 23 species of crocodilians in three families: the Gavialidae, Alligatoridae and Crocodylidae. There are two species of alligators, six caimans, one gharial and 14 species of crocodiles.

Author: Ross Elgin
Last updated: 6/11/04
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