Erythrosuchian


Erythrosuchian
Early archosaur
Pronunciation: ee-rith-row-SOOK-ee-un
Meaning: From Greek erythros, "red" and souchos, "crocodile"
Size: 11.5 feet/3.5 meters long
Diet: Meat Eater
Age: Middle Triassic (245 million years ago)
Specimen Number: NMMNH P-27269
Location: Guadalupe County, NM
Date: Spring 2008

An incomplete skeleton of an erythrosuchian, a large predatory reptile, is one of the rare reptile fossils known from the Moenkopi Formation in New Mexico. Erythrosuchians probably hunted the amphibians that are so abundant as fossils in the Moenkopi Formation.