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Desmatosuchus
Desmatosuchus is a genus of archosaur reptile that lived during the Triassic period, around 220 million years ago. It is classified within the rauisuchids, a group of archosaurs that shared characteristics of both crocodiles and dinosaurs.

Desmatosuchus was a large and robust animal, measuring up to 5 meters, with a long and wide skull that was equipped with conical and pointed teeth. Its name means "flagellate crocodile", referring to its crocodile-like appearance. His limbs were strong and he had a quadrupedal stance.

Although it shared some similarities with crocodiles, Desmatosuchus had unique features, such as a series of bony plates along its back and neck, which provided it with some protection. These plates formed a kind of armor, which probably served as a defense against predators or even during intraspecific confrontations.

Desmatosuchus is believed to have been a carnivore, basing its diet on smaller prey that it captured with its sharp teeth. Its size and structure suggest that it was a dominant predator in its ecosystem. Its fossils have been found in different parts of North America, particularly in Texas.

Approximate measurements of Desmatosuchus:
  • Complete 1:35 Scale
    • Length 99mm
    • Height 70mm
    • Snout-tail length 142 mm

  • Complete 1:20 Scale
    • Length 173mm
    • Height 121mm
    • Snout-tail length 250 mm