Not to be confused with Chasmatosaurus.
Temporal range: Early Triassic
Chasmatosuchus was a large archosauriform reptile from the early Triassic period of South Africa and China. It is one of the earliest well-known archosauriforms. It was over 6 ft (2m) long and is thought to have behaved like a modern crocodile. Its mouth had two distinct features: the top of its jaw hooked downwards to aid in holding prey, and the upper palate was lined with a row of teeth—a primitive feature lost in later archosaurs.
- Paleobiology Database. PaleoDB. Accessed April 7, 2012.
- Chasmatosuchus. Vionto.com. Accessed April 7, 2012.
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