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Temporal range: Middle Triassic, Anisian–Ladinian
Rhynchosaurus articeps.jpg
Skull of Rhynchosaurus articeps
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Rhynchosauria
Family: Rhynchosauridae
Genus: Rhynchosaurus
Owen, 1842
  • R. articeps Owen, 1842 (type)
  • R. brodiei Benton, 1990
Restored skull

Rhynchosaurus (beaked lizard) is a genus of rhynchosaur that lived during the Middle Triassic Period. It lived in Europe. It was related to the archosaurs, but not within that group. The species of Rhynchosaurus are R. articeps and R. brodiei. Michael Benton had named a third species, R. spenceri, but it has since been given its own genus, Fodonyx.[1]


  1. ^ Hone, David W. E.; Benton, Michael J. (2008). "A new genus of rhynchosaur from the Middle Triassic of south-west England". Palaeontology 51 (1): 95–115. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00739.x. 

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