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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 69 Ma
Compsosuchus solus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Noasauridae
Genus: Compsosuchus
Matley & Huene, 1933
Species: C. solus
Binomial name
Compsosuchus solus
Matley & Huene, 1933

Not to be confused with Compsognathus.

Compsosuchus (meaning "pretty crocodile") is an extinct genus of abelisaurian dinosaur. It lived during the Late Cretaceous. It lived in India.


Compsosuchus was described in 1933 by von Huene and Matley.[1] The type species is C. solus. The genus is often considered a nomen dubium.[2]

Description and classification[edit]

The type, and only specimen of Compsosuchus solus is GSI K27/578, an axis with an articulated axial intersection. Although classified as an allosaurid by Huene and Matley (1933) and Molnar et al. (1990) because of superficial similarities with the axis vertebrae of Allosaurus, a 2004 review of Lameta Formation theropods found it to be similar to members of Abelisauroidea, including Carnotaurus and Indosaurus, necessitating the placement of Compsosuchus as an abelisauroid.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ F. v. Huene and C. A. Matley, 1933, "The Cretaceous Saurischia and Ornithischia of the Central Provinces of India", Palaeontologica Indica (New Series), Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India 21(1): 1-74
  2. ^ "Compsosuchus". Dinosaurier-Info.De. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ F. E. Novas, F. L. Agnolin, and S. Bandyopadhyay, 2004, "Cretaceous theropods from India: a review of specimens described by Huene and Matley (1933)", Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, nuevo serie 6(1): 67-103
  4. ^ Molnar, Kurzanov and Dong, 1990. Carnosauria. In Weishampel, Dodson and Osmolska (eds.). The Dinosauria. University of California Press. 169-209.