Galtonia (archosaur)

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Temporal range: Late Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Diapsida
(unranked): Archosauria
(unranked): Crurotarsi
Genus: Galtonia
Hunt & Lucas, 1994
Species: G. gibbidens
Binomial name
Galtonia gibbidens
Hunt & Lucas, 1994

Galtonia is the name given to a genus of pseudosuchian from the Late Triassic. Its fossils were found in Pennsylvania and were originally described by Edward Drinker Cope in 1878.

The type species, Galtonia gibbidens, was originally classified as Thecodontosaurus gibbidens, but was moved to a new genus by Hunt and Lucas in 1994. There is also a genus of flower with the name Galtonia, causing further confusion.


Galtonia had been classified as an ornithischian, but like Revueltosaurus, is actually a non-dinosaurian archosaur (Irmis et al., 2006, who assign it to Revueltosaurus sp.).


  • Irmis, R.B., Parker, W.G., Nesbitt, S.J., and Liu, J. (2006). Early ornithischian dinosaurs: the Triassic record. Historical Biology 19(1):3-22. doi:10.1080/08912960600719988.