11 Mind-Blowing Venaticosuchus Facts That Would Leave You Surprised

Martha Martins
Sep 13, 2022 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Sep 13, 2022
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Venaticosuchus belongs to the late Triassic period.

The Venaticosuchus rusconii is a genus that was discovered in the Ischigualasto Formation in Argentina and La Rioja. It is said to have been deposited almost 230 million years ago.

The general anatomy of the fossil recovered suggests that it is similar to two different species of the Ornithosuchids. The lower jaw suggested that it also had several unique traits.

The jaw musculature of the animal suggested that even though it had carnivorous diets, its teeth and jaw biomechanics were very similar to the juvenile aetosaurs, herbivores.

According to a study by Von Baczko of the geological society on the jaw biomechanics of the species, there were interesting results in regard to the jaw of the species and modern reptiles.

Venaticosuchus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Venaticosuchus'?

The pronunciation of the term is 'Ven-at-e-co-su-kus'.

What type of dinosaur was a Venaticosuchus?

The species is said to be quite different from other dinosaurs and very similar to crocodilians.

In which geological period did the Venaticosuchus roam the Earth?

The species belonged to the late Triassic period.

When did the Venaticosuchus become extinct?

They became extinct almost 230 million years ago.

Where did Venaticosuchus live?

The fossil material was discovered in the Ischigualasto Formation, Argentina, thus suggesting that they lived in the area.

What was the Venaticosuchus' habitat?

They were mostly amphibians, staying in a tropical region where land and water were easily available.

Who did the Venaticosuchus live with?

There is no record suggesting how the species lived, in packs or individually.

How long did a Venaticosuchus live?

The lifespan of the species is not specified due to the lack of fossils recovered.

How did they reproduce?

Not much has been discovered about how the species reproduced. However, since they are similar to crocodiles, it can be assumed that they laid eggs.

Venaticosuchus Fun Facts

What did the Venaticosuchus look like?

Only a partial skeleton of the species was discovered including an incomplete skull, so there is not much known about what exactly they looked like. However, from what was discovered it can be said that they were 6 ft (1.8 m) in length and had a jaw that was 10 in (26 cm) in length.

The feeding habits of the species are unknown. The holotype specimen of the species is being reconstructed based on the fossils found.

They are more compatible with modern crocodiles.

How many bones did a Venaticosuchus have?

The total number of bones in their body cannot be determined.

How did they communicate?

The methods of their communication are unknown.

How big was the Venaticosuchus?

The length of the species was about 6 ft (1.8 m) and the height is not known. However, when compared to other species similar to this dinosaur, it can be said that it was among the smaller ones. They are smaller than Morenosaurus.

How fast could a Venaticosuchus move?

It is not known how fast these animals moved.

How much did a Venaticosuchus weigh?

The weight of this species is unknown due to the lack of bones discovered.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There were no separate names of the male and female species of the Venaticosuchus Rusconii.

What would you call a baby Venaticosuchus?

No specific name is provided to the baby of the Venaticosuchus Rusconii.

How aggressive were they?

It is not known whether they were aggressive creatures.

Did you know…

Von Baczko was also responsible for writing several other books in relation those species, like the 'Journal of Vertebrate paleontology' where he wrote about the feeding habits and general anatomy of the Venaticosuchus Rusconii.

Their name was given by paleontologist José Bonaparte in honor of Carlos Rusconi Sassi, a deceased but renowned paleontologist.  

The study suggested that the Venaticosuchus had skulls taller than modern crocodiles that created longer moment arms, which gave them the power to use more force.

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