Acherontisuchus

Name: Acherontisuchus ‭(‬Acheron croodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: A-che-ron-te-soo-kus.
Named By: Alexander K.‭ ‬Hastings,‭ ‬Jonathan Bloch‭ & ‬Carlos A.‭ ‬Jaramillo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Dyrosauridae.
Species: A.‭ ‬guajiraensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull between‭ ‬72‭ ‬to‭ ‬86‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Body estimated to have been between‭ ‬4.66‭ ‬and‭ ‬6.46‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Colombia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cerrejón Formation.
Time period: Mid to late Paleocene
Fossil representation: Fragmentary skull and post cranial remains.‭ ‬Partial teeth also known.

       Although Acherontisuchus was named upon the basis of four specimens,‭ ‬there is the possibility that these remains may be all from the same individual.‭ ‬Acherontisuchus were dryosaurid crocodiles that inhabited the rivers and water‭ ‬systems of Colombia.‭ ‬Acherontisuchus grew quite a bit bigger than other dryosaurid crocodiles,‭ ‬and although long-snouted,‭ ‬also differed by having a snout that was proportionately shorter than relatives like Dyrosaurus.‭ ‬Attachments for fairly strong back and leg muscles suggest that Acherontisuchus would have also been quite capable at roaming about on land.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new longirostrine dyrosaurid‭ (‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Mesoeucrocodylia‭) ‬from the Paleocene of north-eastern Colombia:‭ ‬biogeographic and behavioural implications for new-world dyrosauridae‭ ‬-‭ ‬Alexander K.‭ ‬Hastings,‭ ‬Jonathan Bloch‭ & ‬Carlos A.‭ ‬Jaramillo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.



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