Marasuchus

Name: Marasuchus ‭(‬Mara crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Mah-rah-su-kus.
Named By: Paul C.‭ ‬Sereno‭ & ‬Andrea B.‭ ‬Arcucci‭ ‬-‭ ‬1994.
Synonyms: Lagosuchus lilloensis.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauriformes.
Species: M.‭ ‬lilloensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: About‭ ‬40‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chaņares Formation.
Time period: Ladinian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton.

       Originally described as a species of Lagosuchus‭ (‬L.‭ ‬lilloensis‭)‬,‭ ‬when clear differences were noted in the limb proportions were noted the genus Marasuchus was created.‭ ‬Marasuchus was a dinosauriform,‭ ‬a kind of reptile that was on the evolutionary route to dinosaurs,‭ ‬but not a dinosaur yet.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Dinosaurian precursors from the Middle Triassic of Argentina:‭ ‬Marasuchus lilloensis gen.‭ ‬nov.‭ - ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬14:‭ ‬53-73.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paul C.‭ ‬Sereno‭ & ‬Andrea B.‭ ‬Arcucci‭ ‬-‭ ‬1994.



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