Turanosuchus

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Turanosuchus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Turanosuchus aralensis.jpg
Holotype
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Crocodylomorpha
Clade: Neosuchia
Genus: Turanosuchus
Efimov, 1988
Type species
Turanosuchus aralensis
Efimov, 1988
Referred material

Turanosuchus is an extinct genus of crocodyliform that may have been a goniopholidid mesoeucrocodylian. It is based on PIN 2229/507, a partial lower jaw consisting of the area where the two halves of the lower jaw meet (mandibular symphysis). This specimen was found in rocks of the lower Santonian-age Upper Cretaceous Bostobe Svita of Shakh-Shakh, southern Kazakhstan. Turanosuchus was described in 1988 by Mikhail Efimov. The type species is T. aralensis.[1] Halliday et al. (2013) revised the material attributed to T. aralensis and concluded that it represents non-diagnostic neosuchian material, and as such the genus was considered to be a nomen dubium.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Storrs, Glenn W.; and Efimov, Mikhail B. (2000). "Mesozoic crocodyliforms of north-central Eurasia". In Benton, Michael J.; Shishkin, Mikhail A.; Unwin, David M.; and Kurochkin, Evgenii N. (eds.). The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 402–419. ISBN 0-521-55476-4. 
  2. ^ Halliday, T. (2013). "A re-evaluation of goniopholidid crocodylomorph material from Central Asia: Biogeographic and phylogenetic implications". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. doi:10.4202/app.2013.0018.  edit