Temporal range: Middle Triassic, 245–241 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Protorosauria
Family: Tanystropheidae
Genus: Amotosaurus
Fraser & Rieppel, 2006
Type species
Amotosaurus rotfeldensis
Fraser & Rieppel, 2006

Amotosaurus is an extinct genus of tanystropheid protorosaur from the earliest Middle Triassic (early Anisian stage) of Black Forest, southwestern Germany. Amotosaurus is known from the holotype SMNS 50830, a partial skeleton including left maxilla with teeth, cervical series, pelvic girdle and other postcranial remains. Other specimens include SMNS 90600-90601, SMNS 50691, SMNS 54783a-b and SMNS 54810. It was first described and named by Nicholas C. Fraser and Olivier Rieppel in 2006 and the type species is Amotosaurus rotfeldensis.[1]


  1. Fraser, N. C.; Rieppel, O. (2006). "A new protorosaur (Diapsida) from the Upper Buntsandstein of the Black Forest, Germany". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 26 (4): 866. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2006)26[866:ANPDFT]2.0.CO;2.
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