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Lagosuchus

Lagosuchus is a genus of small archosaur from the middle Triassic period. It is generally thought to be closely related to dinosaurs, as a member of the Dinosauromorpha. Its fossils were found in the Chañares Formation of Argentina, dating to the Middle Triassic (Ladinian age), about 230 million years ago.

Description

Lagosuchus is known from very incomplete remains (only a hind leg plus a shoulder blade and vertebrae can be definitely assigned to it). However, features of the leg show that it was a lightly built archosaur, and is notable for its long slender legs and well-developed feet - features it shares with certain dinosaurs. These features, as well as comparisons to close relatives, suggest that it could run on its hind legs for short periods, although it probably moved on all fours most of the time. Lagosuchus was likely an agile predator that could use speed to chase its prey and to escape larger predators. Lagosuchus was about the size of a ferret.

Lagosuchus is regarded by some to be dubious and the second species assigned to the genus, L. lilloensis was reclassified as Marasuchus by Paul Sereno in 1994.

The Land Before Time

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A Lagosuchus (right), bouncing away from Littlefoot's egg

A highly shrink-wrapped Lagosuchus briefly appears in the original The Land Before Time, bouncing away from the hatching egg of Littlefoot.

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