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Gracilisuchus
Fossil range: Middle Triassic
Gracilisuchus BW
Life restoration of Gracilisuchus
Scientific classification

Infraclass:

Archosauromorpha

(Unranked) :

Crurotarsi

Genus:

Gracilisuchus

Species:

  • G. stipanicicorum
    Romer, 1972

Gracilisuchus (meaning "graceful crocodile") is an extinct genus of tiny (30 cm long) crurotarsan (a group which includes the ancestors of crocodilians) from the Middle Triassic. It was a suchian close to the ancestry of crocodiles, and was at one time thought to be a dinosaur, but this hypothesis has since been rejected. Its fossils were first discovered in the 1970s.

ReferencesEdit

Romer, A.S. (1972). "The Chañares (Argentina) Triassic reptile fauna. An early ornithosuchid pseudosuchian, Gracilisuchus stipanicicorum, gen. et sp. nov." Breviora 389:1-24.

External linksEdit

Mantell's Iguanodon restoration

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