Walgettosuchus

Name: Walgettosuchus ‭(‬Walgett crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Wal-get-toe-sore-us.
Named By: Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda.
Species: W.‭ ‬woodwardi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain,‭ ‬but presumed carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to incomplete remains.
Known locations: Australia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Griman Creek Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Single opalised vertebra.

       Although the genus name means crocodile,‭ ‬Walgettosuchus was actually a theropod dinosaur,‭ ‬although the single‭ ‬opalised‭ ‬vertebrae that it is known from has been criticised as not being diagnostic enough to establish a specific genus.‭ ‬As such Walgettosuchus is generally regarded as being what is called a nomen dubium,‭ ‬a genus that cannot be definitively confirmed to exist.‭ ‬Many other Australian dinosaur genera have been named from single bones including Ozraptor,‭ ‬Rapator and Kakuru,‭ ‬the latter two also having opalised fossils.




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