Montealtosuchus

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Montealtosuchus
Temporal range: 90–83Ma
Turonian - Santonian
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Life restoration of M. arrudacamposi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Crocodylomorpha
Family: Peirosauridae
Genus: Montealtosuchus
Carvalho et al., 2007
Species
  • M. arrudacamposi Carvalho et al., 2007 (type)

Montealtosuchus was an extinct genus of terrestrial crocodyliform. It was discovered in 2004 in the Bauru Basin of Brazil, from Turonian-Santonian deposits of the Adamantina Formation. The species was described in 2007, and assigned to the family Peirosauridae. The type species is M. arrudacamposi. The genus takes its name from the type locality in Monte Alto municipality.

This fossil, which was found in 2004, near the town of Monte Alto, in San Paulo state is very well preserved and quite complete. Most importantly, skull material has been found and this can help to link this fossil specimen with today’s modern crocodiles. It would have grown to about 2 metres in length and would have been an active predator of smaller animals including dinosaurs. Perhaps it was more terrestrial than its modern descendants, using its semi-upright gait to pursue prey.[1]

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