Macrocnemus

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Macrocnemus
Temporal range: Middle Triassic, 245–228Ma
Macrocnemus bassanii 1.JPG
Fossil of Macrocnemus bassanii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Archosauromorpha
Order: Protorosauria
Genus: Macrocnemus
Nopcsa, 1931
Species
  • M. basanii Nopsca, 1931 (type)
  • M. fuyuanensis Li et al., 2007

Macrocnemus is an extinct genus of archosauromorph reptile from the Middle Triassic of Europe and China.

Description[edit]

The name is from the Greek for "long tibia". Two species have been named, the type species M. bassanii and the species M. fuyuanensis.[1] The reptile was around 20-25 cm long[citation needed]. It may have eaten limulid eggs and hunted in packs[citation needed].

Macrocnemus bassanii fossil
Life restoration of Macrocnemus basanii

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jiang, D.-Y.; Rieppel, O.; Fraser, N.C.; Motani, R.; Haoa, W.-C.; Tintorie, A.; Suna, Y.-L.; Suna, Z.-Y. (2011). "New information on the protorosaurian reptile Macrocnemus fuyuanensis Li et al., 2007, from the Middle/Upper Triassic of Yunnan, China". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31 (6): 1230–1237. doi:10.1080/02724634.2011.610853.