Laosuchus

Name: Laosuchus ‭(‬Laos crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lh-ows-soo-ku.
Named By: Thomas Arbez,‭ ‬Christian A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ & ‬J.-Sébastien Steyer‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptiliomorpha,‭ ‬Chroniosuchia.
Species: L.‭ ‬naga‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬26‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Laos.
Time period: End of Permian/Early Triassic.
Fossil representation: Skull.

       Laosuchus 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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.



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