Named By: E. M. Gomani - 1997.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Crocodylomorpha, Crocodyliformes, Metasuchia, Ziphosuchia, Candidodontidae.
Species: M. mwakasyungutiensis (type).
Size: Skull about 5.9 centimetres long. Femur (thigh bone) 4.8 centimetres. Humerus (upper arm bone) 3.5 centimetres long. Total body length estimated at about 60 centimetres.
Known locations: Malawi - Dinosaur Beds Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial post cranial skeletal remains of several individuals.
is a genus of ziphosuchian crocodylomorph
that lived in Africa during
the early Cretaceous. Malawisuchus has a number of
features, including mammal-like teeth which may have been used for
processing tough plants, and muscle attachment points on the hip and
rear limbs which suggest that Malawisuchus may have
been able to walk
upright and even run. Malawisuchus also shows
which suggests a powerful digging ability, and in extension to this,
remains of Malawisuchus have been located in what
were once burrows.
Malawisuchus should not be confused with Malawisaurus, a dinosaur also known from Malawi.
- A crocodyliform from the Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Beds, northern Malawi. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 17(2):280-294. - E. M. Gomani - 1997.