Venaticosuchus

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Venaticosuchus
Temporal range: Late Triassic
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Venaticosuchus rusconii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Pseudosuchia
Family: Ornithosuchidae
Genus: Venaticosuchus
Bonaparte, 1971
Species
  • V. rusconii Bonaparte, 1971 (type)

Venaticosuchus is a genus of Late Triassic quadrupedal crurotarsan archosaur. It was a medium-sized predator, reaching up to 2 m (7 ft) in length.[1] Originally it was thought to be the ancestor to the carnosaur dinosaurs (which then included Tyrannosaurus); however, now it is known to be more closely related to crocodilians than dinosaurs. It was a carnivore.[2]

Species[edit]

A single species of Venaticosuchus has been described, the type species, V. rusconii from the Late Triassic of Argentina, around 210 million years ago.

Closely related species[edit]

Venaticosuchus is a member of Ornithosuchidae, a family of facultatively bipedal carnivores that were geographically widespread during the Late Triassic. Two other genera, Ornithosuchus and Riojasuchus, are currently known.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://palaeos.com/vertebrates/archosauria/ornithosuchidae2.html#Venaticosuchus
  2. ^ Bonaparte, JF (1971), Annotated list of the South American Triassic tetrapods, in SH Haughton (ed.), Second Gondwana Symposium, Proceedings and Papers [1970]. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research [Praetoria] 2: 665-682.