Name: Pakasuchus ‭(‬Cat crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pak-ah-soo-kus.
Named By: P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬O'Connor,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Sertich,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Stevens,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Roberts,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Gottfried,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Hieronymus,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Jinnah,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Ridgely,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Ngasala‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Temba‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Notosuchia,‭ ‬Ziphosuchia.
Species: P.‭ ‬kapilimai‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore/Carnivore‭?
Size: About‭ ‬50‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Tanzania‭ ‬-‭ ‬.Galula Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete individual.

       Pakasuchus is a genus of small notosuchian crocodylomorph that lived in Africa during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬What are most notable about Pakasuchus are the teeth which are multicusped and very mammal-like,‭ ‬so much so that they look more like those of a mammal than a crocodile.‭ ‬Pakasuchus seems to have lacked large osteoderms on the body which may have helped increase speed and agility,‭ ‬however they are known on the tail.‭ ‬So far it is unknown why the tail would have them when the body did not.
       As a ziphosuchian crocodile,‭ ‬Pakasuchus would have been related to genera such as Adamantinasuchus,‭ ‬Yacarerani and Mariliasuchus amongst others.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The evolution of mammal-like crocodyliforms in the Cretaceous Period of Gondwana.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature‭ ‬466:748-751.‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬O'Connor,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Sertich,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Stevens,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Roberts,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Gottfried,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Hieronymus,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Jinnah,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Ridgely,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Ngasala‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Temba‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.


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