Dubreuillosaurus

Name: Dubreuillosaurus ‭(‬Dunreuil's lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Doo-brai-ul-o-sore-us.
Named By: Allain‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Synonyms: Poekilopleuron valesdunensis.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Megalosauridae,‭ ‬Megalosaurinae.
Species: D.‭ ‬valesdunensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: 9‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: France‭ ‬-‭ ‬Caen Formation.
Time period: Bathonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skeleton.

       Discovered in‭ ‬1994‭ ‬and originally classed as a species of Poekilopleuron,‭ ‬Dubreuillosaurus was placed into its own genus in‭ ‬2005‭ ‬on the basis of differences of the post cranial remains of the two.‭ ‬Dubreuillosaurus itself was a large carnivore for the Jurassic,‭ ‬and would have probably been similar to the much more famous Megalosaurus.
       Because Dubreuillosaurus like other megalosaurids was found in marine sediment it has been suggested as being a coastal animal.‭ ‬While it may have fed upon fish caught in tidal pools,‭ ‬it may have also been a beach comber,‭ ‬perhaps scavenging the bodies of dead marine reptiles washed ashore.‭ ‬This lifestyle is of course speculation based upon circumstantial evidence,‭ ‬but unless remains of an inland individual are recovered,‭ ‬it remains a good starting area for reconstructing the living animal.‭ ‬The skull of Dubreuillosaurus does lend some support to the piscivorous fish hunting lifestyle as it is proportionately long,‭ ‬something that would give Dubreuillosaurus added reach to snatch a fish from the water.





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