Paleorhinus

Name: Paleorhinus ‭(‬Old nose‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pay-le-o-rhy-nus.
Named By: S.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Williston‭ ‬-‭ ‬1904.
Synonyms: Francosuchus angustifrons,‭ ‬Paleorhinus parvus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crurotarsi,‭ ‬Phytosauria.
Species: P.‭ ‬bransoni‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬angustifrons,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬cf.‭ ‬arenaceus.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬2.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Germany‭ ‬-‭ ‬Hassberge Formation.‭ ‬Poland‭ ‬-Drawno Beds Formation.‭ ‬USA,‭ ‬Arizona‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chinle Formation,‭ ‬Texas‭ ‬-‭ ‬Colorado City Formation,‭ ‬Tecovas Formation,‭ ‬and Wyoming‭ ‬-‭ ‬Popo Agie Formation.
Time period: Carnian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Numerous individuals,‭ ‬though often of partial remains.

       Paleorhinus has been one of the key phytosaur genera for well over a hundred years now,‭ ‬however many of the species once assigned to‭ ‬the genus have now been re-assigned to other genera.‭ ‬At the time of writing the only recognised species of Paleorhinus are the type species P.‭ ‬bransoni from the USA,‭ ‬and P.‭ ‬angustifrons and P.‭ ‬cf.‭ ‬arenaceus from Germany and Poland respectively.
       Like all phytosaurs,‭ ‬Paleorhinus was not related to crocodiles,‭ ‬yet would have been very much like a modern crocodile in overall appearance and ecological niche.‭ ‬Though Paleorhinus would have rested on land,‭ ‬most hunting would have been done in the water.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Notice of some new reptiles from the Upper Trias of Wyoming.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Geology‭ ‬12:688-697.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Williston‭ ‬-‭ ‬1904.
-‭ ‬Weitere Parasuchier und Labyrinthodonten aus dem Blasensandstein des mittleren Keuper von Ebrach‭ [‬Further parasuchians and labyrinthodonts from the Blasensandstein of the middle Keuper of Ebrach‭]‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paläontographica Abteilung A‭ ‬83:61-98.‭ ‬-‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Kuhn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1936.
-‭ ‬A review of the early Late Triassic Krasiejów biotafrom Silesia,‭ ‬Poland.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontologia Polonica‭ ‬64‭ (‬1‭)‬:‭ ‬3‭–‬27.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Dzik‭ & ‬T.‭ ‬Sulej‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
- 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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