“Prestosuchus looks like a drunk T-Rex got to the wrong bed and presto… we have a cross-species that looks like a giant crocodile with the head of Tyrannosaurus Rex.”
Prestosuchus was a large four-legged predator that lived during the Triassic period, around 230 to 215 million years ago. It is considered a pseudosuchian, which is a group of archosauriforms that includes crocodiles and their relatives. Its fossils have been found in South America, specifically in Brazil and Argentina, which suggests that it lived in a humid and warm environment, possibly near bodies of water.
This is also where the name comes from as it is named in honour of the famous Brazilian palaeontologyst Vicentino Prestes de Almeida. The Prestosuchus was one of the largest predators of its time and played an important role in the Triassic ecosystem. It also provides important information about the evolution of archosauriforms and the development of crocodile-line archosaurs which gave rise to dinosaurs and birds.
It measures up to 10 meters (33 ft) in length and weighed several tons. It had a long skull with a narrow snout and sharp teeth, which suggest that it was a predator. The body was also quite robust and had powerful legs, which allowed it to move quickly.
How to unlock Prestosuchus in Jurassic World Dino Trackers Collection?
Open up your Jurassic World Facts app, press the Scan button and point it towards the DNA code here:
Jurassic World Dino Trackers Nothosaurus DNA Scan Code
3 metres (9 ft)