It may be difficult to imagine Eastern Europe as having a tropical environment, however during the Miocene era this was the case. Similar to the modern-day Caiman, this fossil is reminiscent of crocodile fossils from the Green River Formation of Wyoming. A freshwater creature, all species of Crocodiles spend much of their lives submerged in stagnant waters as they prepare to ambush their prey. Diplocynodon is a prime example for how perfect this species' shape and form is adapted for survival and evolutionary success. Their movements in water are incredibly agile, though this agility is almost completely lost when on land.
Represented by several species, the Diplocynodon genus has one of the longest known temporal ranges of any specific crocodile genus and was widespread over Western Europe and the eastern part of the United States. The name Dyplocynodon, meaning "Double Dog Tooth" refers to the two large fang-like teeth, which were a distinguishing feature of the genus. The aesthetic presentation lends movement to the piece with its irregular matrix. Length 150 cm