Kemkemia

Name: Kemkemia.
Phonetic: Kem-kem-e-ah.
Named By: A.‭ ‬Cau‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬Maganuco‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Classification: Chordata,‭ Reptilia, Crocodylomorpha.
Species: K.‭ ‬auditorei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore‭?
Size: Holotype vertebra‭ ‬60.48‭ ‬millimetres long,‭ ‬33.81‭ ‬millimetres high.‭ ‬Total size unknown due to lack of fossil remains.‭
Known locations: Morocco.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: One Caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebra.

       When first described Kemkemia was originally thought to be a theropod dinosaur,‭ ‬and one with unusual vertebrae.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬three years after the description of Kemkemia,‭ ‬a new paper re-identified the holotype specimen of Kemkemia as actually being from a crocodile.‭ ‬So far,‭ ‬Kemkemia is only known from a single tail vertebra,‭ ‬which makes it next to impossible to establish any lifestyle traits about this animal.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new theropod dinosaur,‭ ‬represented by a single unusual caudal vertebra,‭ ‬from the Kem Kem Beds‭ (‬Cretaceous‭) ‬of Morocco.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Atti della SocietÓ italiana di scienze naturali e del museo civico di storia naturale di Milano‭ ‬150:239-257.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cau‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬Maganuco‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
-‭ ‬Crocodyliform affinities for Kemkemia auditorei Cau and Maganuco,‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Atti della SocietÓ Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano,‭ ‬153‭ (‬I‭)‬,‭ ‬s.‭ ‬119‭–‬126.‭ ‬-‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Lio,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Agnolin,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cau‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬Maganuco‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.



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