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Temporal range: Late Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
(unranked): Crurotarsi
Order: ?Rauisuchia
Family: unknown
Genus: Basutodon
von Huene, 1932
Binomial name
Basutodon ferox
von Huene, 1932

Basutodon was a genus of rauisuchian archosaur from the late Carnian-early Norian-age Upper Triassic Lower Elliot Formation of Lesotho.[1] It is based on teeth that were once confused with prosauropod remains, as with Teratosaurus. Because of this, it is sometimes listed in older dinosaur books as an early theropod,[2] or as a synonym of Euskelosaurus. It was probably neither of these things, though, and is much more likely to be a dubious non-dinosaur.[3]


  1. ^ von Huene, F. (1932). Die fossile Reptil-Ordnung Saurischia, ihte Entwicklung und Geschichte. Monographien zur Geologie und Palaeontologie 1(4). 361 p. [German]
  2. ^ Lambert, D. (1983). A Field Guide to Dinosaurs. Avon Books:New York, p. 74. ISBN 0-380-83519-3.
  3. ^ Glut, D.F. (1997). “Excluded Genera”, Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company:Jefferson, North Carolina, 1005-1010. ISBN 0-89950-917-7.