Dyrosaurus

Name: Dyrosaurus.
Phonetic: Die-roe-sore-us.
Named By: Auguste Pomel‭ ‬-‭ ‬1894.
Synonyms: Crocodilus phosphaticus,‭ ‬Dryosaurus phosphaticus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Dyrosauridae.
Species: D.‭ ‬phosphaticus‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬maghribensis.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Up to‭ ‬6‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Across‭ ‬North Africa including,‭ ‬Algeria,‭ ‬Egypt,‭ ‬Libya,‭ ‬Morocco,‭ ‬Niger and Tunisia.
Time period: Campanian of‭ ‬the Cretaceous through to the Ypresian of the Eocene.‭ ‬Libyan remains suggest as late as the Priabonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Many individuals.

       Dyrosaurus was a long snouted crocodile that had jaws filled with numerous,‭ ‬thin recurved teeth.‭ ‬These kinds of teeth are indicative of a piscivorous‭ (‬fish eating‭) ‬lifestyle.‭ ‬At up to six meters long,‭ ‬Dyrosaurus were large when compared to modern crocodiles,‭ ‬though positively tiny when compared to some North African Mesozoic crocodiles like Aegisuchus,‭ ‬and Sarcosuchus.‭ ‬Dyrosaurus however managed to survive the KT extinction sixty-five million years ago,‭ ‬and the genus continued to be present in North Africa till the Eocene.
       Care should be taken not to confuse Dyrosaurus with the similarly named ornithopod dinosaur Dryosaurus.



Further reading
- A new dyrosaurid crocodyliform from the Palaeocene of Morocco and a phylogenetic analysis of Dyrosauridae. - Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 50 (3): 581–594. - S. Jouve, M. Iarochène, B. Bouya & M. Amaghzaz - 2005.
- A new description of the skull of Dyrosaurus phosphaticus (Thomas, 1893) (Mesoeucrocodylia: Dyrosauridae) from the Lower Eocene of North Africa. - Stephanie Jouve - 2005.
- A new species of Dyrosaurus (Crocodylomorpha, Dyrosauridae) from the early Eocene of Morocco: phylogenetic implications. - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 148:603-656. - S. Jouve, M. Iarochene, B. Bouya & M. Amaghzaz - 2006.

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