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Temporal range: Late Triassic
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Archosauromorpha
Genus: Elachistosuchus
Janensch, 1949
Type species
Elachistosuchus huenei
Janensch, 1949

Elachistosuchus is a genus of archosaur from the Late Triassic. It was a prehistoric reptile which lived during the time of the earliest dinosaurs. Its fossils were found in Germany. The type species is E. huenei, described by German paleontologist Werner Janensch in 1949. Research in the 1970s indicated Elachistosuchus could possibly be a juvenile prosauropod, based on the size of its eyes and jawbone.[1]


  1. ^ Bonaparte, Jose; Vince, M. (1979). "El hallazgo del primer nido de dinosaurios triasicos, (Saurischia, Prosauropoda), Triasico Superior de Patagonia, Argentina". Ameghiniana (in Spanish) 16 (1-2): 173–182. 

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