"The second crocodilian of Hell Creek is the somewhat strange Brachychampsa (Short Crocodile). This ancient relative of modern alligators and caimans survived the massive extinction of 66mya, much like the larger Borealosuchus. This crocodilian can be distinguished by its wide, rounded snout and bizarre blunt teeth which it utilizes to crush the hard shells of Hell Creek's abundant turtle population. This behaviour gives Brachychampsa its own niche, avoiding direct competition with Borealosuchus."

― Saurian encylopedia

Brachychampsa is an extinct genus of alligatoroid. Specimens have been found from New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, New Jersey, and Saskatchewan. The genus first appeared during the late Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous (Judithian North American stage) and became extinct during the early Danian stage of the Paleocene (Puercan North American stage), a few million years after the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. It was 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) to 3 meters (10 feet) long, the same size as an American alligator. Brachychampsa is distinguished by an enlarged fourth maxillary tooth in the upper jaw. ‬The teeth of Brachychampsa are not only conical and robust,‭ ‬but have round pommel-like caps on the tips.‭ ‬These teeth are not for puncturing and holding flesh like the teeth of other crocodilians,‭ ‬but for breaking up the hard shells of invertebrates like crustaceans.‭

In Saurian Edit

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Adult Dakotaraptor threatening a Brachychampsa

Brachychampsa is currently present in Saurian. Its' color is a mostly grey body with a cream underbelly to match its' habitat. It serves as the current secondary apex predator of the freshwater environments of the game, being just smaller and less frequent than Borealosuchus. It is a threat for players who are still in early growth stage. Just like its most common cousin, Brachychampsa have very damaging bites that can take down a hatchling, juvenile or subadult with ease, but it is much easier to take one down as a full adult Dakotaraptor, as they are smaller than Borealosuchus.

Currently, Brachychampsa doesn't display sexual dimorphism or ontogeny stages.


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