Dolichosuchus

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Dolichosuchus
Temporal range: Late Triassic, 208Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Suborder: Theropoda
Clade: Neotheropoda
Superfamily: Coelophysoidea
Genus: Dolichosuchus
Huene, 1932
Species: D. cristatus

Dolichosuchus (meaning "long crocodile") is the name given to a genus of dinosaur from the Triassic. It was originally classified in the disused family Hallopodidae, but has been reclassified as a coelophysoid. A single fossil (consisting of a single lower leg bone, or tibia) was found in Germany. Since only one bone was discovered, the genus is considered a nomen dubium. Some scientists have noted that the tibia is closely resembles those of Liliensternus and Dilophosaurus.[1]

The type species is D. cristatus, described by von Huene in 1932. The bone was recovered from the Lower or Middle Stubensandstein formation.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rauhut and Hungerbuhler (2000). "A review of European Triassic theropods." Gaia, 15: 75-88.
  2. ^ Huene, F. (1932). "Die fossile Reptil-Ordnung Saurischia, ihre Entwicklung und Geschichte." Monog. Geol. Pal., 4(1): pts. 1 and 2, viii + 361 pp.