Prestosuchus chiniquensis

 

Prestosuchus chiniquensis

Locality: Brazil
Formation: Santa Maria
Length: 4.3 m (14 feet)
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Prestosuchus chiniquensis

Prestosuchus was a Middle Triassic paracrocodylomorph from the Santa Maria Formation of Brazil. It had a semi-erect limb posture providing a gait more akin to that of dinosaurs than of the crocodilians it was more closely related to. Prestsuchus bears an impressive ziphodont dentition which makes obvious its ferocity as a large quadrupedal predator. This large pre-dinosaurian terrestrial carnivore fits into any dinosaur exhibit by helping demonstrate Earth's fauna before Pangea divided.

Prestosuchus chiniquensis