Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Subclass Diapsida
Order  ???
Family Shuvosauridae
Genus Shuvosaurus
1st Species Shuvosaurus inexpectatus
Other attributes
Time Range 228-208.5 mya
Location United States of America
Name Meaning Shuvo's lizard
Physical Dimensions 1.8 meters long
Dietary Classification  ??? (presumed omnivore)

Shuvosaurus is a shuvosaurid reptile from the Late Triassic of the United States of America. It was named in 1993 by Sankar Chatterjee. It was one of the most unique reptiles to roam Triassic North America, due to its posture and physiology.


Despite being a paracrocodylomorph, Shuvosaurus had a build very similar to the small dinosaurs it was distantly related to, with a slender body, short arms, a long tail, a moderately long neck, and a small head with a beak in front of its mouth. Its body would have been covered in scaly skin.


Shuvosaurus' diet remains unknown, although some may speculate that it was an omnivore, using its beak to crack the hard outer coverings of dinosaur eggs and pine seeds, as well as to feed on small animals and leafy plants alike.


So far, all we know about Shuvosaurus is that it walked bipedally (like Postosuchus and Poposaurus, and unlike other paracrocodylomorphs), it had big eyes on a head held up by a moderately long neck (so it could see other reptiles over sparse vegetational cover), and it had beaked jaws used for an unknown purpose.

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