Cynodontosuchus

Name: Cynodontosuchus ‭(‬dog tooth crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sy-no-dont-o-soo-kus.
Named By: A.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Woodward‭ ‬-‭ ‬1896.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Notosuchia,‭ ‬Sebecosuchia.
Species: C.‭ ‬rothi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bajo de la Carpa Formation.
Time period: Santonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull‭ (‬mostly of snout,‭ ‬maxilla and premaxilla‭) ‬as well as partial dentary‭ (‬lower jaw‭)‬.

       When named in‭ ‬1896,‭ ‬Cynodontosuchus was not only the earliest known sebecosuchian crocodile,‭ ‬it was also the first confirmed as living before the‭ ‬Cenozoic period.‭ ‬Since this time there are now several Cretaceous sebecosuchian crocodiles known to us,‭ ‬and one of these genera,‭ ‬Baurusuchus,‭ ‬has been proposed by some to be a junior synonym to Cynodontosuchus.‭ ‬Critics of this theory however point out that Cynodontosuchus has a much deeper rostrum that Baurusuchus,‭ ‬as well as only five pairs of teeth in the maxilla,‭ ‬significantly less than Baurusuchus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬On two Mesozoic crocodilians from the red sandstones of the territory of Neuquen‭ (‬Argentina Republic‭)‬.‭ ‬Notosuchus‭ (‬genus novum‭) ‬and Cynodontosuchus‭ (‬genus novum‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Anales del Museo de La Plata.‭ ‬Paleontología Argentina‭ ‬4:1-20.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Woodward‭ ‬-‭ ‬1896.
-‭ ‬Radiation évolutive,‭ ‬paléoécologie et al.‭ ‬biogéographie des crocodiliens mésosuchiens.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Mémoire de la Société géologique de France‭ ‬142:‭ ‬1‭–‬88.‭ ‬-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Buffetaut‭ ‬-‭ ‬1982.
-‭ ‬Biogeographic evolution of the South American crocodilians.‭ ‬-‭ ‬München Geowiss.‭ ‬Abh.,‭ ‬A‭(‬30‭)‬:159-184.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Gasparini‭ ‬-‭ ‬1996.‭



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