Thoracosaurus

Name: Thoracosaurus.
Phonetic: Fo-rak-o-sore-us.
Named By: Joesph Leidy‭ ‬-‭ ‬1842.
Synonyms: Gavialis neocesariensis.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodilia,‭ ‬Gavialoidea.
Species: T.‭ ‬neocesariensis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬isorhynchus,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬scanicus.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Total body length in larger individuals easily up to‭ ‬4.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Across North America,‭ ‬Europe.‭ ‬Also reported fossils in Asia.
Time period: Late Cretaceous/early‭ ‬Paleocence.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of numerous individuals.




       Thoracosaurus is a medium-large gharial-like crocodile that lived during the late Cretaceous through to the Paleocene.‭ ‬Fossils of Thoracosaurus are usually associated with‭ ‬North American and European fossil deposits,‭ ‬but remains from other places such as‭ ‬India have also been reported.‭ ‬The sheer number of Thoracosaurus fossils seems to indicate that the genus was quite successful when compared to other similar creatures of the times and location that the genus existed.



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