Name: Francosuchus.
Phonetic: Fran-ko-soo-kus.
Named By: O.‭ ‬Kuhn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauriformes,‭ ‬Crurotarsi,‭ ‬Phytosauria.
Species: F.‭ ‬broilii‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬latus.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Unknown.
Known locations: Germany.
Time period: Carnian of the Triassic
Fossil representation: Two partial skulls,‭ ‬now destroyed.

       Francosuchus has been established as a possibly primitive phytosaur that lived in Europe during the Triassic.‭ ‬The genus is based upon two species,‭ ‬but described from a single partial skull each.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬these skulls were destroyed during World War Two,‭ ‬and since these are now unavailable for study and comparison,‭ ‬Francosuchus is now treated as a dubious genus by many.‭ ‬A third species F.‭ ‬angustifrons is now treated as a species of Paleorhinus,‭ ‬while a fourth,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬trauthi is now moved to its own genus,‭ ‬Dolerosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Labyrinthodonten und Parasuchier aus dem mittleren Keuper von Ebrach in Oberfranken.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie,‭ ‬Geologie und Paläontologie‭ ‬69:94-144.‭ ‬-‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Kuhn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.
-‭ ‬Weitere Parasuchier und Labyrinthodonten aus dem Blasensandstein des mittleren Keuper von Ebrach.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontographica,‭ ‬Abteilung A,‭ ‬83:61-98.‭ ‬-‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Kuhn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1936.
-‭ ‬Francosuchus‭' ‬trauthi is not Paleorhinus:‭ ‬Implications for Late Triassic vertebrate biostratigraphy.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬33‭ (‬4‭)‬:‭ ‬858‭–‬864.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Butler‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.


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