Jaikosuchus

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Jaikosuchus
Temporal range: Early Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Diapsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
Family: ?Erythrosuchidae
Genus: Jaikosuchus
Sennikov, 1990
Species

J. magnus Sennikow, 1990 (type)

Jaikosuchus is an extinct genus of archosauriform that is likely an erythrosuchid.[citation needed] Fossils have been found from European Russia that date back to the upper Olenekian stage of the Early Triassic.[1] The genus is quite poorly known, however, and the remains of other erythrosuchids that are also from the Early Triassic of European Russia such as Garjainia are much more common.[2] The genus was originally assigned as a new species of the proterosuchid Chasmatosuchus in 1979, but was later put in its own genus in 1990. It has often been described as a rauisuchian or a basal suchian closely related to rauisuchians rather than the more traditional view of it being a more primitive archosaur.[3] Despite this, its exact classification within Archosauriformes remains uncertain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shishkin, M. A., Ochev, V. G., Lozovskii, V. R. and Novikov, I. V. (2000). Tetrapod biostratigraphy of the Triassic of Eastern Europe. In: M. J. Benton, E. N. Kurochkin, M. A. Shishkin, D. M. Unwin (eds.), The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp. 140-159.
  2. ^ Borsuk-Bialynicka, M., Cook, E., Evans, S. E. and Maryafiska, T. (1999). A microvertebrate assemblage from the Early Triassic of Poland. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 44(2):167-188.
  3. ^ http://www.helsinki.fi/~mhaaramo/metazoa/deuterostoma/chordata/archosauria/pseudosuchia/suchia_2.html