Thadeosaurus

Name: Thadeosaurus‭ (‬Thadeo's lizard‭).
Phonetic: Fad-ee-o-dore-us.
Named By: Carrol‭ ‬-‭ ‬1981.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Sauropsida,‭ ‬Eosuchia,‭ ‬Tangasauridae.
Species: T.‭ ‬colcanapi.
Type: Carnivore/Insectivore.
Size: 60‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Madagascar.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Several specimens,‭ ‬but the skull is only known from a juvenile.

       With a morphology like we see in lizards today,‭ ‬Thadeosaurus had a very long tail making up over half of its total body length.‭ ‬The legs were long and had long toes terminating in claws.‭ ‬It is likely that as Thadeosaurus ran,‭ ‬the toes would always be in contact with the ground.
       Thadeosaurus had a well developed breastbone suggesting attachments for powerful muscles in the upper body.‭ ‬As well as running,‭ ‬it may have been able to combine this strength with the claws on its long toes for climbing.‭ ‬Bringing all these adaptations together results in Thadeosaurus being a fast and agile predator easily capable of running its prey down.




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