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Aristosuchus (Eduardo Camarga)

Name:

Aristosuchus (Greek for "noble crocodile"); pronounced AH-riss-toe-SOO-kuss

Habitat:

Woodlands of western Europe

Historical Period:

Early Cretaceous (125 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 6 feet long and 50 pounds

Diet:

Meat

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Small size; bipedal stance

About Aristosuchus:

Despite the familiar "suchus" (Greek for "crocodile") in its name, Aristosuchus was a full-fledged dinosaur, although one that remains poorly understood. This smallish, western European theropod seems to have been closely related to both the North American Compsognathus and the South American Mirischia; it was initially classified as a species of Poekilopleuron by the famous paleontologist Richard Owen, way back in 1876, until Harry Seeley assigned it to its own genus a few years later.
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