Crocodyloidea

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Crocodyloidea
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous - Recent, 83.5–0Ma
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Crocodylus niloticus (Nile crocodile)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Crocodylomorpha
Order: Crocodilia
Clade: Brevirostres
Superfamily: Crocodyloidea
Fitzinger, 1826

The Crocodyloidea superfamily of crocodilians evolved in the Late Cretaceous period. Cladistically, it is defined as Crocodylus niloticus (the Nile crocodile) and all crocodylians more closely related to C. niloticus than to either Alligator mississippiensis (the American alligator) or Gavialis gangeticus (the gharial).[1]

Phylogeny[edit]

Cladogram after Brochu C. A., Njau J., Blumenschine R. J., Densmore L. D. (2010).[2]



Borealosuchus




Pristichampsus


 Brevirostres 

Leidyosuchus canadensis


 Crocodyloidea 

Prodiplocynodon langi



Asiatosuchus grangeri




"Crocodylus" affinis



"Crocodylus" depressifrons




Brachyuranochampsa



"Crocodylus" acer


 Crocodylidae 
 Tomistominae 

Dollosuchoides



Gavialosuchus



Kentisuchus



Tomistoma



 Crocodylinae 

"Crocodylus" megarhinus


 Mekosuchinae 

Kambara



Australosuchus



Trilophosuchus




 Osteolaeminae 


Rimasuchus




"Crocodylus" pigotti



Euthecodon





Voay




Osteolaemus osborni



O. tetraspis






Mecistops




Crocodylus anthropophagus



C. palaeindicus




C. palustris




C. siamensis




C. porosus



C. johnsoni



C. novaeguineae



C. mindorensis







C. niloticus




C. acutus



C. intermedius



C. rhombifer



C. moreletii









Rhamphosuchus









References[edit]

  1. ^ Brochu, Christopher A. (May 2003). "Phylogenetic approaches toward crocodylian history". Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 31: 360. doi:10.1146/annurev.earth.31.100901.141308. 
  2. ^ Brochu, C. A.; Njau, J.; Blumenschine, R. J.; Densmore, L. D. (2010). "A New Horned Crocodile from the Plio-Pleistocene Hominid Sites at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania". PLoS ONE 5 (2): e9333. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009333. PMC 2827537. PMID 20195356.