Named By: Thomas Arbez, Christian A. Sidor & J.-Sébastien Steyer - 2018.
Classification: Chordata, Reptiliomorpha, Chroniosuchia.
Species: L. naga (type).
Size: Skull about 26 centimetres long.
Known locations: Laos.
Time period: End of Permian/Early Triassic.
Fossil representation: Skull.
is a genus of reptilomorph that lived in Asia about the time of the
Permian/Triassic boundary. Many minute canals have been found
running within areas of the skull, and in life these may have been
housing for receptors to allow Laosuchus to detect
other animals either
by heat or electrical impulses from their bodies. These receptors
could have been the primary means that Laosuchus
used to find prey.
- Laosuchus naga gen. et sp. nov., a new chroniosuchian from South-East Asia (Laos) with internal structures revealed by micro-CT scan and discussion of its palaeobiology. - Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 17 (14): 1165–1182. - Thomas Arbez, Christian A. Sidor & J.-Sébastien Steyer - 2018.