The skull of Ticinosuchus (Fig. 1) is a crushed mess. Many have looked at it. Many have shrugged their shoulders. Others have cried.
Ticinosuchus is widely considered an early (Middle Triassic) rauisuchid, smaller than most others.
Some elements are easy to identify. Others defy identity.
This is a plea for someone else to identify the ALL the parts present in the skull to see if the second interpretation validates partially or completely the present interpretation.
The present interpretation demonstrates a close affinity with Aetosauria, a clade that had previously gone unconnected to other reptile groups.
Please submit or publish your own reconstruction and restoration of this enigma. Let’s see what you come up with.
Krebs B 1965. Ticinosuchus ferox nov. gen. nov. sp. Ein neuer Pseudosuchier aus der Trias des Monte San Giorgio. Schweizerische Palaontologische Abhandlungen 81:1-140.
Lautenschlager S and Desojo JB 2011. Reassessment of the Middle Triassic rauisuchian archosaurs Ticinosuchus ferox and Stagonosuchus nyassicus. Paläontologische Zeitschrift Online First DOI: 10.1007/s12542-011-0105-1