- Titanosuchus ferox
- Owen, 1879
- Meaning of generic name
- Giant crocodile
- Skull length: , Length: 2.5 m
- Large amount of skull fragments and postcranial elements.
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Tapinocephalus assemblage zone, Middle Permian (Capitanian).
Type locality: Beaufort West, Karoo basin, South Africa.
- Synapsida Therapsida Dinocephalia Tapinocephalia Titanosuchidae
- Further Reading
- Owen, R., 1879. Description of fragmentary Indications of a Huge kind of Theriodont Reptile (Titanosuchus ferox, Ow.) from Beaufort West, Gough Tract, Cape of Good Hope: Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, v. 35, p. 189-199.
- Scapanodon duplessisi Broom, 1904; Titanosuchus duplessisi (Broom, 1904); Scapanodon septemfontis Boonstra, 1955; Titanosuchus septemfontis Boonstra, 1955; Parascapanodon avifontis Boonstra, 1955; Titanosuchus avifontis Boonstra, 1955
Saturday, 23 November 2013
This large Tapinocephalian from the Middle to Late Permian of South Africa is known from many fragmentary remains including several skull elements and was most probably like its relative Jonkeria and contrary to a common belief making it a ferocious predator (its name means "ferocious giant crocodile"), a peaceful plant-eater. Titanosuchus was named in 1879 by Richard Owen, It is estimated that Titanosuchus was around 2.5 metres (8 feet) in length