Chanaresuchus

Name: Chanaresuchus ‭(‬Chañares crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Chan-ar-su-kus.
Named By: Alfred Romer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1971.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha,Crocopoda,‭ ‬Proterochampsia,‭ ‬Rhadinosuchidae.
Species: C.‭ ‬bonapartei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Various skulls range in size from between‭ ‬16.5‭ ‬centimetres and‭ ‬26‭ ‬centimetres in length.‭
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chañares Formation.‭ ‬Brazil‭ ‬-‭ ‬Santa Maria Formation.
Time period: Ladinian to Carnian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Chanaresuchus is a genus of proterochampsian archosauromorph that lived in South America during the Triassic.‭ ‬With known skull sizes ranging up to twenty-six centimetres in length,‭ ‬Chanaresuchus would had the potential to have been a moderately sized predator,‭ ‬but nothing near the scale of large rauisuchians such as Saurosuchus.‭ ‬Chanaresuchus however would have still been a threat to smaller animals,‭ ‬and perhaps even primitive dinosaurs and there immediate ancestors.
       Chanaresuchus was named after the Chañares Formation where the first ever fossils of the genus were found,‭ ‬but since this time further fossils are now also known from Brazil.‭ ‬A former species of Chanaresuchus,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬ischigualastensis,‭ ‬has now been re-described as a new genus called Pseudochampsa.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new proterochampsid Chanaresuchus ischigualastensis‭ (‬Diapsida,‭ ‬Archosauriformes‭) ‬in the early Late Triassic Ischigualasto Formation,‭ ‬Argentina.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬32‭ (‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬485‭–‬489.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Trotteyn,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Martínez‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Alcober‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
-‭ ‬The first occurrence of Chanaresuchus bonapartei Romer‭ ‬1971‭ (‬archosauriformes,‭ ‬proterochampsia‭) ‬of the Middle Triassic of Brazil from the Santacruzodon Assemblage Zone,‭ ‬Santa Maria Formation‭ (‬Parana Basin‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Geological Society,‭ ‬London,‭ ‬Special Publications‭ ‬379:‭ ‬303.‭ ‬-‭ ‬T.‭ ‬Raugust,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Lacerda‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Schultz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.
-‭ ‬Osteology of Pseudochampsa ischigualastensis gen.‭ ‬et comb.‭ ‬nov.‭ (‬Archosauriformes:‭ ‬Proterochampsidae‭) ‬from the Early Late Triassic Ischigualasto Formation of Northwestern Argentina.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS ONE‭ ‬9‭ (‬11‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬María Jimena Trotteyn‭ & ‬Martín D.‭ ‬Ezcurra‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.



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