|Scientific name||Pristichampsus rollinatii|
|Home time period||Eocene epoch|
|Deaths caused|| Marion Taylor|
|Appearances|| Episode 1.1 (picture) |
Pristichampsus is a crocodilian creature from the Eocene. It is a semi-bipedal carnivore, and it is fast and strong.
Pristichampsus is an ancient type of crocodile which lived from about 56 to 35 million years ago, notable because not only does it have long legs, but some also believe it has small hooves instead of claws. It also has strong jaws, and is shown to be able to survive falling from a high up building floor (although this did appear to injure it and slow it down).
Pristichampsus was also semi-bipedal, having the ability to switch from walking on all fours to standing up on its strong hind legs. The Pristichampsus that the ARC team encountered was apparently also used to warm waters due to its time in Ancient Egypt.Anomaly to Ancient Egypt, where it was worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians and incorporated into their mythology as the demon goddess Ammut.
In 2009, when the Anomaly reopened in the British Museum (having moved to there with the Sun Cage), a Pristichampsus (apparently the same one which was worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians) came through. After killing Marion Taylor, the Pristichampsus attacked Sarah Page before fleeing from the museum into London.
The Pristichampsus killed a Traffic Warden, then waded into the River Thames. As the Thames' waters were colder than what the Pristichampsus was used to, it eventually crossed and left the Thames and attacked a shopping mall. While attacking a cleaning lady, the Pristichampsus fell through a window from a high up floor, badly injuring it.Meanwhile, another Pristichampsus tried to come through the Sun Cage Anomaly twice, until Connor Temple shoved a light into the Pristichampsus' jaw, electrocuting it. The Pristichampsus in London returned to the British Museum to go back through the Anomaly. When it found the ARC team guarding the Anomaly, it attacked them until they pretended to worship it by bowing down to it. The Pristichampsus then left them alone and returned to its own time through the Anomaly before it closed.
Pristichampsus was in Connor's database.
On the Microscope in Your home lab in the ARC, You analyse a sample of Pristichampsus. In Abby's Sketchbook, You take a look at a sketch and notes made about the Pristichampsus, so that You can brush up on Your knowledge of them.
Pristichampsus was in Lester's recap of the events of the first three series of Primeval.
- The marks on the Pristichampsus' stomach vaguely resembles Egyptian hieroglyphics.
- This is the first creature from a first episode of a series not to return in the finale.
- Pristichampsus is shown with a flat, crocodile-like tail. In real life, Pristichampsus had a round, lizard- or dinosaur-like tail. The picture of one on Connor's Database had a round tail.
- Pristichampsus had hooved toes, similar to a deer or pigs. In primeval it had clawed toes.