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Veterasuchus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: ?Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Protheropoda
Genus: Veterasuchus
Species: V. maximus
Binomial name
Veterasuchus maximus
Buffetaut et al., 2000

Veterasuchus is an extinct genus of protheropod which lived in the area of ​​present-day Antarctica at the end of the Triassic.

The fossil remains were found in the Sampampo Beds, where the skeleton of a "protheropod" was reported. In 2000, the species type Veterasuchus maximus was named and described by Eric Buffetaut. The genus name refers to its discoverer.

The holotype specimen consists of a tooth, three ribs, two tail vertebrae and a broken fibula.

The descriptors have identified a distinctive features. In the tail vertebrae, the upper edge of the face of the posterior joint was underdeveloped, proving that it was a juvenile when it died. The descriptors also identified that the two known ribs were broken and crushed, proving that it died in a fight.

Veterasuchus was classified in its description article of 2012 within the clade Protheropoda in a basal position, outside the superorder Dinosauria.

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