New Triassic Reptile Discovered in Tanzania
A team of paleontologists headed by Dr Sterling Nesbitt of Virginia Tech has described a new genus and species of archosaur that lived in what is today southern Tanzania during the early Middle Triassic, approximately 247 million years ago.
The new archosaur, named Nundasuchus songeaensis, is a 2.7-m-long predatory reptile with steak knife-like teeth and bony plates on the back.
The name Nundasuchus songeaensis is Swahili mixed with Greek. “The basic meaning of Nundasuchus is predator crocodile (Nunda meaning predator in Swahili and suchus a reference to a crocodile in Greek),” explained Dr Nesbitt, who is the first author of a paper published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.