Eotitanosuchus

Name: Eotitanosuchus ‭(‬Dawn titan crocodile‭).
Phonetic: E-oh-tie-tan-o-soo-kus.
Named By: Tchudinov‭ ‬-‭ ‬1960.
Synonyms: Ivantosaurus‭?
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Biarmosuchia,‭ ‬Eotitanosuchidae.
Species: E. olsoni.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull about 35 centimetres long, total length at least 2.5 meters.
Known locations: Russia,‭ ‬Perm Krai.
Time period: Wordian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: ‭P‬artial remains including the skull.‭

       The name Eotitanosuchus which literally means‭ ‘‬dawn titan crocodile‭’ ‬is a bit of a misnomer since Eotitanosuchus was actually a therapsid,‭ ‬not a crocodile.‭ ‬The name Eotitanosuchus actually came about from the similarity of this genus to another called Titanosuchus which appeared slightly later,‭ ‬hence the‭ ‘‬dawn‭’ ‬prefix at the beginning.
       As biarmosuchian therapsids,‭ ‬Eotitanosuchus would have been predators of other Permian era animals,‭ ‬though the smaller than usual temple opening‭ (‬the hole in the skull behind the eye‭) ‬indicates that it did not have a bite as strong as other predators of the time.‭ ‬Eotitanosuchus likely shared the same habitats as Biarmosuchus and Estemmenosuchus since remains of both of these genera have been found close to remains of Eotitanosuchus.‭ ‬The genus Ivantosaurus has been considered to be very similar to Eotitanosuchus so much so to the point that the genus has even been suggested to be a synonym of Eotitanosuchus.



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