Name: Lewisuchus ‭(‬Lewis’s crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lew-iss-su-kus.
Named By: A.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Romer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1972.
Synonyms: Pseudolagosuchus major‭?
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauriformes.
Species: L.‭ ‬admixtus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬1‭ ‬meter long.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chaņares Formation.
Time period: Ladinian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Though the name means‭ ‘‬Lewis’s crocodile‭’‬,‭ ‬Lewisuchus is actually a genus of silesaurid dinosauriforme.‭ ‬In simpler terms,‭ ‬Lewisuchus was closely related to the ancestors of the dinosaurs,‭ ‬though probably not an ancestor itself.‭ ‬Lewisuchus was a fairly small and lightly built predator that probably hunted for small animals such as lizards and primitive mammaliaformes.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The Chaņares‭ (‬Argentina‭) ‬Triassic reptile fauna‭; ‬XIV,‭ ‬Lewisuchus admixtus,‭ ‬gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬a further thecodont from the Chaņares beds.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Breviora‭ ‬390:1-13‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Romer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1972.
-‭ ‬Ecologically distinct dinosaurian sister group shows early diversification of Ornithodira.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature‭ ‬464‭(‬7285‭)‬:95-8.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Sterling J.‭ ‬Nesbitt,‭ ‬Christian A.‭ ‬Sidor,‭ ‬Randal B.‭ ‬Irmis,‭ ‬Kenneth D.‭ ‬Angielczyk,‭ ‬Roger M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith‭ & ‬Linda A.‭ ‬Tsuji‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.


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