Razanandrongobe

Name: Razanandrongobe ‭(‬large ancestor lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Rah-zan-drong-o-be.
Named By: ‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Maganuco,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Dal Sasso‭ & ‬G.‭ ‬Pasini‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha,‭ ‬Archosauria,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Crocodyliformes,‭ ‬Mesoeucrocodylia.
Species: R.‭ ‬sakalavae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore‭?
Size: Uncertain due to lack of fossil remains.
Known locations: Madagascar‭ ‬-‭ ‬Isalo IIIb Formation.
Time period: Bathonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and jaw remains.

       First named in‭ ‬2006,‭ ‬Razanandrongobe has largely been a mystery for researchers as the genus was only known from partial upper jaw bones.‭ ‬This made details about what kind of animal Razanandrongobe was very difficult to establish other‭ ‬than it was from some large kind of archosaur.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬new remains discovered and described in‭ ‬2014‭ ‬have managed to‭ ‬classify Razanandrongobe a little better and now‭ ‬the genus is regarded as a mesoeucrocodylian crocodylomorph.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new large predatory archosaur from the Middle Jurassic‭ (‬Bathonian‭) ‬of Madagascar.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Atti della SocietÓ Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano‭ ‬147‭(‬1‭)‬:19-51.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Maganuco,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Dal Sasso‭ & ‬G.‭ ‬Pasini‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
- New Cranial Remains of the Enigmatic Archosaur Razanandrongobe sakalavae from the Middle Jurassic of madagascar clarify its phylogenetic relationships.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Conference:‭ ‬74th SVP Meeting,‭ ‬At Berlin,‭ ‬Volume:‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology,‭ ‬Program and Abstracts,‭ ‬2014,‭ ‬115-116.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cristiano Dal Sasso,‭ ‬Simone Maganuco‭ & ‬Guillaume Fleury‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.



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