Bharitalasuchus Tapani – UPSc Prelims

Bharitalasuchus Tapani:
  • It is a reptile fossil being studied by Indian Scientists.
  • It is a carnivorous reptile that lived 240 million years ago.
  • Genus: The reptile belonged to a family of extinct reptiles named Erythrosuchidae.
  • Key Features:
    • Bharitalasuchus Tapani were robust animals with big heads and large teeth, and these probably predated other smaller reptiles.
    • They were approximately the size of an adult male lion and might have been the largest predators in their ecosystems.
  • Erythrosuchidae:
    • Erythrosuchidae¬†(meaning red crocodiles) are a family of large basal archosauriform carnivores. They lived from the later Early Triassic to the early Middle Triassic.
    • The first Erythrosuchidae¬†remains were discovered in South Africa in 1905 and more were found in China and Russia.
  • Triassic¬†is a geologic period which spans 50.6 million years from the end of the Permian Period to the beginning of the Jurassic Period. It is the first and shortest period of the Mesozoic Era.
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