Postosuchus was a large predator that prowled North America at the beginning of the age of the dinosaurs, approximately 210 million years ago. It was not a dinosaur, but a type of reptile called a rauisuchid. Postosuchus was the largest predator in its ecosystem.
An expedition from Texas Tech University in 1980 discovered the remains of a new reptile in the Triassic mudstone of Garza County, West Texas. In the following three years, eight more skeletons were discovered in the same area. This wealth of material allowed paleontologists to conduct a detailed study of its anatomy, and in 1985 of a full description of this new carnivore - Postosuchus - was published.
- Scientific Name: Postosuchus kirkpatricki
- Characteristics: Postosuchus was a meat-eating rauisuchid reptile with a deep snout and serrated dagger-like teeth. Unusually for a reptile it had straight legs and an upright stance. It could walk on its longer back legs, or sometimes on all fours. It had five-toed hands, four-toed feet, and a long tail. It had bony scutes distributed in rows along the top if its back and tail, as our Postosuchus toy depicts. Large adults reached up to 13 feet long.
- Size: This meticulously detailed Postosuchus toy figure is 7.5 inches long and 2.5 inches high.
- The Postosuchus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
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