Name: Shringasaurus ‭(‬horn lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Shrin-gah-sor-us.
Named By: S.‭ ‬Sengupta,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Ezcurra‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬Bandyopadhyay‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha,‭ ‬Allokotosauria,‭ ‬Azendohsauridae.
Species: S.‭ ‬indicus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Up to‭ ‬4‭ ‬meters long for the holotype individual.
Known locations: India,‭ ‬Madhya Pradesh‭ ‬-‭ ‬Denwa Formation.
Time period: Mid Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull,‭ ‬mostly complete post cranial skeleton.

       There are many interesting archosaurs that lay within the Allokotosauria group,‭ ‬and Shringasaurus is no exception.‭ ‬Although the holotype skull of Shringasaurus‭ ‬is incomplete,‭ ‬it is enough to confirm that this archosaur had large horns that rose up from above the eyes and pointed forwards.‭ ‬Horns such as these are usually seen as a means of display,‭ ‬though they may have also been weapons that rival individuals competing for dominance may have used against one another.‭ ‬There is speculation that‭ ‬these horns may have been larger in males,‭ ‬perhaps even absent in females.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬this speculation cannot be confirmed at the time of writing due to the lack of remains of differing individuals.
       As far as the rest of the animal is concerned,‭ ‬Shringasaurus was a quadrupedal plant eating archosaur.‭ ‬The neck of Shringasaurus was fairly long in proportion to the body,‭ ‬something that would have allowed a greater reach for feeding upon plants.‭ ‬This was a time when early dinosaurs including longer necked sauropodomorph dinosaurs were only just starting to appear.‭ ‬The teeth of Shringasaurus also have a shape that suggests specialisation for eating plants.‭ ‬The limbs of Shringasaurus seem to have been at least partially sprawled out to the sides,‭ ‬perhaps even fully so.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new horned and long-necked herbivorous stem-archosaur from the Middle Triassic of India.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Scientific Reports.‭ ‬7:‭ ‬8366.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Sengupta,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Ezcurra‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬Bandyopadhyay‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


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