Anteophthalmosuchus

Name: Anteophthalmosuchus ‭(‬Forward eye pointing crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: An-te-off-fal-mo-soo-kus.
Named By: Steven W.‭ ‬Salisbury‭ & ‬Darren Naish‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Goniopholididae.
Species: A.‭ ‬hooleyi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: About‭ ‬3.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: England‭ ‬-‭ ‬Wealdon Group.
Time period: Valanginian to Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: At least two skulls.

       Anteophthalmosuchus fossils were originally attributed to Goniopholis crassidens,‭ ‬another genus of prehistoric crocodile from across Europe and Asia.‭ ‬A new study over a century later however found the fossils to actually belong to a distinct genus of crocodile rather than the type species of Goniopholis.
       Anteophthalmosuchus was chosen as the name of the genus because the eye sockets are positioned so that the eyes faced directly forwards instead of up.‭ ‬Another interesting feature,‭ ‬or rather lack of,‭ ‬is that the mandibular fenestra‭ ‬ (an opening in the posterior region of the lower jaw‭) ‬that is common in many crocodiles is missing.



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