The Crocodile from the Shansi Province, Shansisuchus (1964)
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Reptilia
Family : Erythrosuchidae
Genus : Shansisuchus
Species : S. shansisuchus
Shansisuchus was an erythrosuchid, a type of carnivorous prehistoric reptile that lived some 220 million years ago during the middle Triassic Period in what is now Shansi Province in China.
A meat eater, it belonged to the successful group of reptiles known as archosauromorphs, ancestors of the earliest true archosaurs. Although only 2.2 m long and 0.5 m tall, Shansisuchus was a fierce hunter with powerfully developed jaws. It is believed that it could move quite quickly for its size and fed on smaller, less agile reptiles around at the time.