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meaning: "Leaping crocodile"
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
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Partial remains
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.

Read more about Saltoposuchus at Wikipedia
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