Out of the various crocodile lineages that have arisen in the Xenocene, few are quite as widespread or as diverse as the zhilis. Arising in southern Asia, they’ve adapted to a decent number of niches in their homeland, but it is along the Guinea Land Bridge that they truly thrive; having been relatively early arrivals to the area, the zhili were able to seize quite the diverse array of roles as they migrated south, with some eventually reaching Australia and giving rise to the massive predators known as the kasai and the burrunjor. In fact, it could be argued that the explosion of diversity among the zhilis is one of the major reasons why Australia’s marsupials haven’t done well migrating northwards – they simply can’t get much of a foothold in the face of the competition that the crocodilians provide.
Vulpesuchus rubricum (Red fox crocodile)
One of the most basal zhili to be found in Guinea, the fox-croc looks very similar to t