Crocodylus anthropophagus is known from incomplete fossils, so it is difficult to be certain of its closest relatives.

However, it may be closely related to Crocodylus niloticus, the living Nile crocodile, and at 5 metres in length they were similar sizes.

The most obvious difference between them is the horn-like projections above the eyes in Crocodylus anthropophagus.

Similar features are seen in the extinct crocodile Voay robustus of Madagascar.

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