The prenarial portion of the cranium of a slendersnouted phytosaur (YPM VPPU 007920), with an associated osteoderm and bone fragments, was found by PEO, Bob Salvia and A.
Surprisingly, the Evangeline Member has not yielded any diagnostic remains of phytosaurs to date.
Already, Parker and his team have discovered the bones of an extinct, crocodile-like animal called Doswellia, previously known to exist in only Texas and Virginia; as well as the complete skull of a phytosaur
, another river-dwelling, crocodile-like carnivore.
They say about 1,400 skeletal elements have been recovered, including two skulls and a plethora of bones of the crocodile-like phytosaur
Redondasaurus and limb bones from a new form of a large, heavily armored aetosaur.
Permanent exhibits include casts of a Coelophysis and phytosaur.
And on the patio you can watch researchers uncovering a phytosaur, a mean-looking, crocodile-snouted creature.
It's not a dinosaur; it's a HUGE phytosaur
, bigger and meaner than today's crocodiles
, alligator looking-like reptile, with long narrow snout, and body and tail covered in heavy bony plates traveled with and stubby legs low to the ground and a spine of up to 17 feet long for stalking prey on land and water.
Fossil vertebrates from this locality include metoposaurs, phytosaurs
, trilophosaurs, and pterosaurs, which are represented primarily by isolated teeth and jaw fragments.
Representing a broad range of depositional environments, ranging from perennial lacustrine to fluvial and aeolian settings, and documented by hundreds of fossils, these assemblages lack any of the characteristic Late Triassic faunal elements, most conspicuously metoposaurid temnospondyls, phytosaurs
, procolophonids, and diverse non-crocodylomorph and non-dinosaurian archosaurs, all of which are known from older assemblages in the Fundy basin and elsewhere.
Stretching along six miles of parkland (and extending as far as Utah), the huge formation contains remains dating back 220 million years, from crocodile-like phytosaurs
to armored, plant-eating aetosaurs.
Findings range from three- to four-foot-long salamanders, known as metoposaurus, to crocodile-like reptiles, called phytosaurs