‭(‬phytosaur genus‭)

Name: Protome ‭(‬animals face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pro-tome.
Named By: M.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Stocker‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Phytosauria,‭ ‬Phytosauridae.
Species: P.‭ ‬batalaria‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of post cranial remains.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Arizona‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chinle Formation.
Time period: Norian/Rhaetian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and lower jaw.

       When first described in‭ ‬2004‭ ‬the partial skull and jaws were originally interpreted as specimens of the Smilosuchus species S.‭ ‬adamanensis,‭ ‬though later study found it to be deserving of its own genus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new phytosaur‭ (‬Archosauriformes,‭ ‬Phytosauria‭) ‬from the Lot's Wife beds‭ (‬Sonsela Member‭) ‬within the Chinle Formation‭ (‬Upper Triassic‭) ‬of Petrified Forest National Park,‭ ‬Arizona‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬32‭ (‬3‭)‬:‭ ‬573‭–‬586.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Stocker‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.


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