Laelaps

Montealtosuchus arrudacamposi

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The new crocodylian Montealtosuchus arrudacamposi. [Image source].

I guess this one slipped by without getting proper attention. In October of 2007 research described a new genus of species of crocodylian, Montealtosuchus arrudacamposi (pictured above) in the journal Zootaxa. It was a late Cretaceous member of the Peirosauridae found in Bauru Basin, Brazil, although it was only one representative of a larger diversity of crocodylians from the location that also included notosuchids, sphagesaurids, baurusuchids, and trematochampsids. Unfortunately the paper is behind a subscription wall (the issue in which it can be found is located here, a pdf of the abstract and excerpt being located here).

Update: A kind reader has sent the paper along (thank you!), so I’ll have something more substantial about this creature sometime soon.

Comments

  1. #1 Zach Miller
    February 1, 2008

    Could you forward it my way, Brian? I’m not usually that interested in crurotarians, but I’d like to draw this critter. That’s a wonderful fossil!