Terminonaris

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Terminonaris
Temporal range: 100–90Ma
Cenomanian - Turonian
Teleorhinus robustus.JPG
Teleorhinus robustus skull (AMNH 5850) in the American Museum of Natural History
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Crocodylomorpha
Family: Pholidosauridae
Genus: Terminonaris
Osborn, 1904
Species
Front view of a Teleorhinus robustus skull (AMNH 5850)

Terminonaris is a genus of extinct pholidosaurid crocodyliforms that lived in the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian and Turonian[1][2]). Its remains are known from North America. Originally known under the generic name Teleorhinus, it was once believed to be a teleosaurid (a family of marine gavial-like thalattosuchians).

Terminonaris was an enormous predator, reaching a length over 7.6 m (25 ft).[3]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Wu X-C, Russell AP, & Cumbaa SL. 2001. Terminonaris (Archosauria: Crocodyliformes): new material from Saskatchewan, Canada, and comments on its phylogenetic relationships. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(3):492-514.
  2. ^ Shimada, K., and Parris, D.C., 2007. A long-snouted Late Cretaceous crocodyliform, Terminonaris cf. T. browni, from the Carlile Shale (Turonian) of Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 110(1):107-115.
  3. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2015499/Meet-25ft-prehistoric-Texas-crocodile-Terminonaris-lived-96-million-years-ago.html

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