New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

 

Phytosaur Attack


Phytosaur Attack
Image By: Matt Celeskey and Mary Sundstrom
Date: Spring 2008

Dinosaurs were not the top predators of the Triassic landscape. Instead, the crocodile-like phytosaurs (FY • toe •saurs) were the largest (up to 10 meters/32.8 feet long) and most ferocious meat-eaters on the floodplain. Phytosaurs probably attacked their prey by ambushing them with a sudden lunge from the water.