Temporal range: 236–234Ma
Recreation based off Marasuchus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauriformes
Genus: "Lagosuchus"
Romer, 1971
Type species
"Lagosuchus illoensis"

[Origionally Marasuchus illoensis}
Romer, 1961

"Lagosuchus" is a dubious genus of small archosaur resembling a crocodilian. It was originally thought to have been a dinosaur from the middle Triassic period. It is generally thought to be closely related to dinosaurs, as a member of the Dinosauromorpha. Its fossils were found in the Chañares Formation of Argentina, dating to the Middle Triassic (Ladinian age), about 230 million years ago.



Lagosuchus is known from very incomplete remains (only a hind leg plus a shoulder blade and vertebrae can be definitely assigned to it). However, features of the leg show that it was a lightly built archosaur, and is notable for its long slender legs and well-developed feet - features it shares with certain dinosaurs. These features, as well as comparisons to close relatives, suggest that it could run on its hind legs for short periods, although it probably moved on all fours most of the time. Lagosuchus was likely an agile predator that could use speed to chase its prey and to escape larger predators.[1] Lagosuchus was about the size of a ferret.[2]

Lagosuchus is regarded by some to be dubious and the second species assigned to the genus, L. lilloensis, was reclassified as Marasuchus by Paul Sereno in 1994.



It is believed that Lagosuchus and Marasuchus were transitional between cold blooded reptiles and warm blooded dinosaurs.[3]



  1. Palmer, D., ed (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 97. ISBN 1-84028-152-9. 
  2. Paul, Gregory (1988). Predatory dinosaurs of the world. Simon & Schuster. 
  3. Pontzer, Herman (2009). "Biomechanics of Running Indicates Endothermy in Bipedal Dinosaurs". PLoS ONE 4 (12). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0007783. PMID 19911059.