shansisuchus

The Crocodile from the Shansi Province, Shansisuchus (1964)

Phylum : Chordata
Class : Reptilia
Family : Erythrosuchidae
Genus : Shansisuchus
Species : S. shansisuchus

  • Middle Triassic (220 Ma)
  • 2,2 m long (size)
  • Ermaying formation, China (map)

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.