Indosuchus ‭(‬Indian crocodile‭)‬

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Indosuchus ‭(‬Indian crocodile‭)‬

Phonetic : In-do-soo-kus.

Named By : Charles Alfred Matley‭ & ‬Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1933

Diet : Carnivore

Size : Estimated 6 – 7 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Large Theropod

Type Species : I.‭ ‬raptorius‭ (‬type‭)‬

Found in : India‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lameta Formation

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 71-65 million years ago

Indosuchus is an abelisaurid dinosaur genus from the Late Cretaceous Period (70-66 million years ago – the Maastrichtian), and a theropod that’s related to Abelisaurus. Indosuchus, like most theropods was a bipedal carnivore. It measured approximately 7 meters in length and weighed around 1.2 tonnes. The top of its skull was flattened at the top. Others have estimated that it measured 9.7 metres in length and weighed 2.3 tonnes.

Friedrich von Huene named Indosuchus in 1932. He used three partial skulls that Matley found in India, near Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, in the Lameta Formation to describe it. The lectotype of Indosuchus is GSI K27/685.

The Indos is Ancient Greek for Soukhos and Indus, while the Ancient Greek for Egyptian Crocodile God is the source of the generic name. Raptorius, the Latin name for “raptorial”, is the specific name.

Source: Wikipedia