Mesosuchus

Name: Mesosuchus ‭(‬middle crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Me-so-soo-kus.
Named By: David Meredith Seares Watson‭ ‬-‭ ‬1912.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Rhynchosauria.
Species: M.‭ ‬browni‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬30‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Burgersdorp Formation.
Time period: Anisian of the‭ ‬Triassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial skeletons.

       Though the name means‭ ‘‬crocodile‭’‬,‭ ‬Mesosuchus was actually one of the rhynchosaurs,‭ ‬a distinct group of archosaurs noted for having a herbivorous diet.‭ ‬Mesosuchus seems to be one of the more primitive forms with later relatives showing distinctly more developed adaptations for their lifestyles.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Mesosuchus browni,‭ ‬gen.‭ ‬et spe.‭ ‬Nov.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Records of the Albany Museum‭ ‬2:‭ ‬298‭–‬299.‭ ‬-‭ ‬David Meredith Seares Watson‭ ‬-‭ ‬1912.
-‭ ‬The Early Triassic rhynchosaur Mesosuchus browni and the interrelationships of basal archosauromorph reptiles‭"‬.‭ ‬Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London,‭ ‬Series B‭ ‬353:‭ ‬501‭–‬541‭ ‬-‭ ‬David M.‭ ‬Dilkes‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.



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