An email from a young fan of prehistoric animals listed their favourite non-dinosaurs. Top of the list was the formidable Triassic carnivore Batrachotomus, fossils of which have been found in Germany. Batrachotomus was not a dinosaur, (a point made in the email by the aspiring junior scientist who contacted Everything Dinosaur), but it was a member of the same clade of diapsid reptiles, the Archosaurs (Archosauria). Roughly the size of a modern saltwater crocodile, this terrestrial predator was one of the largest carnivores known from the Middle and Late Triassic of Europe.
In the email, a fact sheet about Batrachotomus was requested, we duly obliged and we also emailed over some drawing materials of Triassic reptiles, including a scale drawing of Batrachotomus for this young person to colour in.
Everything Dinosaur’s Illustration of Batrachotomus
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
Fossils ascribed to this genus have been found at several locations in southern Germany. The first fossils were discovered in 1977, although it was not named and scientifically described until 1999.