03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

PancakeCroc, BoarCroc And RatCroc: New Species Of Crocodile Cousins Discovered (PHOTOS)

Paleontologists have discovered 3 new species of crocodile cousins in the Sahara, which have been nicknamed PancakeCroc, BoarCroc, and RatCroc, along with new skeletons of the previously identified DogCroc and DuckCroc.

Paleontologists have been looking in the region since 2000 for what they term a "lost world" of crocodile ancestors -- which they believe were evolutionary "oddballs" and even ate dinosaurs.

Check out these amazing photo recreations from our friends at National Geographic.

Captions by National Geographic Staff Editor Christine Dell'Amore.


ON TV When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs airs Saturday, November 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. Preview Crocs

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