Ticinosuchus is an extinct genus of rauisuchian archosaur from the Middle Triassic (Anisian - Ladinian) of Switzerland and Italy.[1]

One of only a handful of fossil reptiles that have been found in Switzerland, Ticinosuchus (Tessin river crocodile) was about 3 metres (10 ft) long, and its whole body, even the belly, was covered in thick, armoured scutes. The structure of the hips shows that its legs were placed under the body almost vertically. Coupled with the development of a calcaneus and a specialized ankle joint, this would have made Ticinosuchus a fast runner, unlike most earlier reptiles.




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