Phonetic: Crok-o-dil-us fal-con-en-sis.
Named By: T. M. Scheyer, O. A. Aguilera, M. Delfino, D. C. Fortier, A. A. Carlini, R. Sánchez, J. D. Carrillo-Briceño, L. Quiroz & M. R. Sánchez-Villagra - 2013.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Crocodylomorpha, Crocodilia, Crocodylidae, Crocodylinae.
Species: C. falconensis.
Size: Holotype skull approximately 74 centimetres long, total size unknown.
Known locations: Venezuela - San Gregorio Formation, Cergel Member.
Time period: Zanclean of the Pliocene.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull and lower jaws.
Crocodylus falconensis is an extinct species of the Crocodylus crocodile genus which contains the modern crocodiles that we know today such as the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) and saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). Crocodylus falconensis lived in Venezuela during the early Pliocene, and although exact details about the full size of Crocodylus falconensis are uncertain at the time of writing, the fact that the holotype specimen has a skull over seventy centimetres long indicates that Crocodylus falconensis would at least have been a medium to large crocodile by modern standards.
- Crocodylian diversity peak and extinction in the late Cenozoic of the northern Neotropics. - Nature Communications 4(1907):1-9. - T. M. Scheyer, O. A. Aguilera, M. Delfino, D. C. Fortier, A. A. Carlini, R. Sánchez, J. D. Carrillo-Briceño, L. Quiroz & M. R. Sánchez-Villagra - 2013.