Name: Barreirosuchus ‭(‬Barreiro crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Bar-re-i-ro-soo-kus.
Named By: Fabiano Vidoi Iori‭ & ‬Karina Lucia Garcia‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Notosuchia,‭ ‬Trematochampsidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬franciscoi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Pisicvore‭?
Size: Body estimated about‭ ‬4‭ ‬meters long,‭ ‬complete skull estimated about‭ ‬50‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Brazil‭ ‬-‭ ‬Adamantina Formation.
Time period: Turonian/Santonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Posterior‭ (‬rear‭) ‬portion of the skull,‭ ‬six teeth,‭ ‬two dorsal‭ (‬back‭) ‬vertebrae and two sacral‭ (‬hip‭) ‬vertebrae.

       Although only described from very incomplete remains,‭ ‬a number of things can be inferred about Barreirosuchus.‭ ‬Comparison‭ ‬to other notosuchian genera indicates that in life Barreirosuchus may have been up to four meters long.‭ ‬The discovery of a nearby turtle rib is also taken as an indication that Barreirosuchus was at least semi-aquatic.‭ ‬This is further supported by the observation that the eyes would have been very high up on the skull,‭ ‬something which means that when in the water,‭ ‬Barreirosuchus could have lurked just below the surface with only the eyes visible above it.
       Barreirosuchus has been considered‭ ‬to be very similar to the genera Caririsuchus and Itasuchus.‭ ‬Other notosuchians known from the Adamantina Formation that Barreirosuchus may have come into contact with include Mariliasuchus,‭ ‬Armadillosuchus,‭ ‬Morrinhosuchus and Adamantinasuchus.

Further reading
Barreirosuchus franciscoi,‭ ‬um novo Crocodylomorpha Trematochampsidae da Bacia Bauru,‭ ‬Brasil‭ ‬-‭ ‬Fabiano Vidoi Iori‭ & ‬Karina Lucia Garcia‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.


Random favourites