Patagosuchus

Name: Patagosuchus ‭(‬Patagonia crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pat-a-go-su-kuss.
Named By: G.‭ ‬Lio,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Agnolín,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Juarez Valieri,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Filippi‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬Rosales‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Peirosauridae.
Species: P.‭ ‬anielensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Neuquén Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Portezuelo Formation.
Time period: ‭ ‬Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial and fragmentary skull and post cranial remains.

       Though only known from fragmentary fossil remains,‭ ‬Patagosuchus is noted for having a diverse heterodont dentition.‭ ‬What this means is that Patagosuchus had many different kinds of teeth,‭ ‬and would have been able to adapt differing feeding strategies.‭ ‬Patagosuchus is also classed as a peirosaurid crocodylomorph,‭ ‬and these are usually small meat eaters that hunt everything from larger insects to small vertebrates like lizards,‭ ‬to scavenging carrion.‭ ‬The heterodont teeth of Patagosuchus meant that it could hunt and feed in any of the above strategies.
       Patagosuchus should not be confused with the sauropod dinosaur Patagosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new peirosaurid‭ (‬Crocodilyformes‭) ‬from the Late Cretaceous‭ (‬Turonian–Coniacian‭) ‬of Patagonia,‭ ‬Argentina.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Historical Biology‭ ‬-‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Lio,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Agnolín,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Juarez Valieri,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Filippi‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬Rosales‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.



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