|Named By:||Frederich von Huene in 1921|
|Time Period:||Late Triassic, 220 Ma|
|Location:||Germany and Switzerland|
|Size:||Estimated about 1 to 1.5 meters long|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Archosauria | Crocodylomorpha | Sphenosuchia ||
Saltoposuchus is an extinct genus of small (1-1.5 m and 10-15 kg), long-tailed crocodylomorph reptile (Sphenosuchia), from the Norian (Late Triassic) of Europe. The name translated means "leaping foot crocodile". It has been proposed that Terrestrisuchus gracilis and Saltoposuchus connectens represent different ontogenetic stages of the same genus. Saltoposuchus is commonly (and incorrectly) referred to in popular literature as the ancestor (or close ancestors) to dinosaurs, however, recent scientific research show that this is not the case.