Centenariosuchus

Name: Centenariosuchus ‭(‬centennial crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Cen-ten-ah-re-oh-soo-kus.
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)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unknown.
Known locations: Panama‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cucaracha Formation.
Time period: Burdigalian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Skull fragments.

       Although 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 means‭ ‘‬centennial crocodile,‭ ‬and this is a reference to the fact that when Centenariosuchus was described the centennial‭ (‬100‭ ‬year‭) ‬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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.



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