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Thank you all for your answers regarding Prestosuchus and Postosuchus.
Since then I've been getting acquainted with Postosuchus and found it quite
revealing and frankly quite a mess. The first paper (Long & Murry 1995)
reconstruction has almost nothing to do with the more recent paper by
Sankar Chattarjee and new reconstruction by Greg Paul. The skull simply
doesn't match very much.
All are composites but I have compared all this material with actual
photographs of the Postosuchus fossils and (unsurprisingly),
Chattarjee/Paul are closer to what I could see in the photographs.
On the other hand, the "Walking with Dinosaurs" Postosuchus has nothing to
do with either of them. It seems they have done a rauisuchian composite of
sorts, mixed it with every possible thecodontian and put the
label'Postosuchus'... something that typically, didn't surprise me very
>The mounted AMNH pseudosuchian is neither Postosuchus nor Saurosuchus.
>It's Prestosuchus, and the huge phyosaur skull next to it is Smilosuchus
>(formerly Machaeroprosopus) gregorii).
>On Fri, 24 Mar 2000, Larry Dunn wrote:
>> --- luisrey <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> > A question for New Yorkers.
>> > I can't remember precisely now, but at the reptile
>> > hall in the AMNH... is
>> > it a spectacular attacking mounted skeleton of
>> > Postosuchus right beside a
>> > phytosaur... or is it any other rauisuchid or
>> > poposaur?
>> > Thanks for the help.
>> Sorry if someone answered this already. It is a
>> _Saurosuchus_, which is, if I recall correctly, is
>> still a rauisuchid. It is way cool though. It's
>> right next to a huge phtyosaur skull. Thecodonts are
>> just endlessly fascinating critters.
>> If you know Bob Morales, write him as I sent him a
>> bunch of (bad) photos of it a few years ago and, who
>> knows, he may be willing to share them with you (or copies).
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