Prestosuchus chiniquensis by maniraptora.jpg
Name Prestosuchus
Order Archosauromorpha
Suborder Rauisuchia
Class Prestosuchidae
Name Translation in honor of Vicentino Prestes de Almeida
Period Late Triassic
Location South America
Diet Meat
Length 5 metres (16 ft)

Prestosuchus chiniquensis was a large rauisuchian archosaur, at a length of 5 metres (16 feet) from nose to tail. It was discovered in the South American country of Brazil.


Restoration of Prestosuchus

Prestosuchus was a relatively large predatory reptile. Like its prestosuchid cousins, it had a deep skull with sharp, serrated teeth. It lived in Brazil (Paleorrota) of the late Triassic Period. It had powerful legs, indicating it was a fast running animal. Prestosuchus's closest relatives are Saurosuchus and Postosuchus. It eats small dinosaurs and aetosaurs.


Prestosuchus chiniquensis was discovered in the Paleontological Site Chiniquá, near the city of São Pedro do Sul in 1938, by German paleontologist Friedrich von Huene on a trip to Brazil. This site is located in the geopark of Paleorrota. A remarkably complete skeleton, with a well-preserved hind leg, was discovered at Dona Francisca in Rio Grande do Sul by a team of paleontologists from the Universidade Luterana do Brasil and published in 2010.

In Popular Culture

  • Prestosuchus is a legendary amphibian that can be created in Jurassic World: The Game, even though in real life it was a terristrial reptile. It can only be obtained by joining a VIP Membership. When Prestosuchus is in its pen, its tail rests on the ground. While other crocodiles did this, it is unlikely Prestosuchus did this. With the legs under its hips like a dinosaur and unlike a semi aquatic crocodile, Prestosuchus' tail had to be above the ground for balance.

Jurassic World: The Game Prestosuchus


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