Named By: A. K. Hastings, J. I. Bloch, C. A. Jaramillo, A. F. Rincon & B. J. Macfadden - 2013.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Crocodylomorpha, Crocodilia, Alligatoridae, Caimaninae.
Species: C. gilmorei (type).
Known locations: Panama - Cucaracha Formation.
Time period: Burdigalian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Skull fragments.
Centenariosuchus has been described only from skull
fragments, it has
been distinguished from other caimans
in that the outer edge of the
suborbital fenestrae is straight. Centenariosuchus
‘centennial crocodile, and this is a reference to the fact that when
Centenariosuchus was described the centennial
anniversary of the Panama Canal was coming up. For anyone who does
not know, the Panama canal is a man-made sea link that directly
connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by cutting through the
Isthmus of Panama, allowing international shipping a much faster
route than having to sail around the bottom of South America.
Another caiman named at the same time as Centenariosuchus is Culebrasuchus.
- Systematics and biogeography of crocodylians from the Miocene of Panama. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(2):239-263 - A. K. Hastings, J. I. Bloch, C. A. Jaramillo, A. F. Rincon & B. J. Macfadden - 2013.