Arenysuchus

Name: Arenysuchus ‭(‬Areny crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ah-re-ne-soo-kus.
Named By: Eduardo Puértolas,‭ ‬José I.‭ ‬Canudo‭ & ‬Penélope Cruzado-Caballero‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Crocodylia,‭ ‬Crocodyloidea.
Species: A.‭ ‬gascabadiolorum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬18-19‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Spain‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tremp Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and teeth.

       A member of the Crocodyloidea which includes surviving modern species,‭ ‬Arenysuchus is still regarded as a more basal form due to the frontal skull bones contacting the fenestra‭ (‬openings‭) ‬on top of the skull.‭ ‬At the time of writing only a partial skull of Arenysuchus is known,‭ ‬but at just under twenty centimetres long it would seem that Arenysuchus was not as huge as some prehistoric crocodiles such as Aegisuchus.‭ ‬Arenysuchus probably hunted for smaller land vertebrates and fish,‭ ‬and may have lived in the same habitats as hadrosaurid dinosaurs like Arenysaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Crocodylian from the Late Maastrichtian of Spain:‭ ‬Implications for the Initial Radiation of Crocodyloids,‭ ‬Eduardo Puértolas,‭ ‬José I.‭ ‬Canudo‭ & ‬Penélope Cruzado-Caballero‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.



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