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Seeley, 1887a
   
Pronounced
Ah-RISS-toe-SOO-kuss
Aristosuchus
Aristosuchus pubis and sacrum

Meaning

Superior crocodile
Length
2m (6 feet)
Classification

Theropoda,
Coelurosauria,
Compsognathidae Marsh, 1881

Aristosuchus pusillus (Owen, 1976)

Stratigraphy
Wessex Formation
Lifestyle
A small theropod, Aristosuchus probably hunted the smaller animals in the Wessex Formation.
(More info can be found at DinoWight Palaeoecology)
Locality
Known from the Wessex Formation, so try Brighstone bay.

Description of Material

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Aristosuchus is known from a sacrum, a pubis, a femur and a few vertebrae. There is a pair of unguals, BMNH R179 and R899, which may be from Aristosuchus. The femur of Aristosuchus has a wing-like anterior trochanter and an incredibly reduced fourth trochanter. Material is rare, so please report it if you find some...

How do I know if I've found a bone?

Further Information.
Aristosuchus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
References (not cited above)
Naish et al, 2001
Naish, 2002

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