Iliosuchus

Name: Iliosuchus ‭(‬crocodile hipped‭)‬.
Phonetic: Il-e-o-soo-kus.
Named By: Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.
Synonyms: Megalosaurus incognitus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Tetanurae.
Species: I.‭ ‬incognitus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to be about‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: England.
Time period: Bathonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: 3‭ ‬ilia‭ (‬parts of the hip bones‭)‬.

       There is a lot of mystery surrounding Iliosuchus as the genus is only based upon the description of three ilia.‭ ‬These parts are not diagnostic enough to clearly identify what kind of theropod dinosaur Iliosuchus was,‭ ‬though in England during the Mid Jurassic the dominant theropod dinosaurs were the megalosaurs.‭ ‬A similarity to some tyrannosaurs has‭ ‬been noted however,‭ ‬a link that might not be that farfetched given that tyrannosauroid genera such as Juratyrant are known to have been present in England later in the Jurassic,‭ ‬and evolution tells us that these would have needed ancestors earlier in the Jurassic,‭ ‬perhaps about the time of Iliosuchus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Die fossile Reptil-Ordnung Saurischia,‭ ‬ihre Entwicklung und Geschichte.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Monographien zur Geologie und Palaeontologie,‭ ‬serie‭ ‬1‭ ‬4‭(‬1-2‭)‬:‭ ‬1-361.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.
-‭ ‬An assessment of variability in theropod dinosaur remains from the Bathonian‭ (‬Middle Jurassic‭) ‬of Stonesfield and New Park Quarry,‭ ‬UK and taxonomic implications for Megalosaurus bucklandii and Iliosuchus incognitus.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontology‭ ‬52‭ ‬857-877.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Benson‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.



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