Named By: Buckley & Brochu - 1998.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Mahajangasuchus, Mahajangasuchidae.
Species: M. insignis (type).
Size: Uncertain. Approximately 80 centimetre skull.
Known locations: Madagascar - Maevarano Formation.
Time period: Late Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull and partial remains of other skulls.
much is known about Mahajangasuchus, but the
robust skull suggests a
strong bite force even for a crocodile.
The teeth of Mahajangasuchus
were also conical and fairly blunt suggesting that they were used on
larger prey like land animals rather than small prey like fish.
Mahajangasuchus has been moved around quite a bit in its classification history. Currently Mahajangasuchus resides within the Mahajangasuchidae along with the 'boar croc', Kaprosuchus.
- An enigmatic new crocodile from the Upper Cretaceous of Madagascar, by G. A. Buckley & C. A. Brochu. - In Cretaceous Fossil Vertebrates. Special Papers in Palaeontology 60:149-175. - D. M. Unwin (ed.) - 1999.
- A skull of Mahajangasuchus insignis (Crocodyliformes) from the Upper Cretaceous of Madagascar. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21 (3), supplement: A36. - G. A. Buckley - 2001.