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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Subclass: Diapsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
(unranked): Archosauria
Family: ?Notosuchidae
Genus: Brasileosaurus
Huene, 1931
  • B. pachecoi Huene, 1931 (type)

Brasileosaurus (meaning "Brazil lizard") is a genus of possible notosuchid notosuchian from the Late Cretaceous Adamantina Formation of Brazil. The type species is B. pachecoi, discovered by the Brazilian Eng. Joviano Pacheco and described by the prolific German paleontologist Friedrich von Huene in 1931.

Brasileosaurus is not to be confused with the mesosaur Brazilosaurus.


Although originally classified as a coelurosaur in the original description, it was later recognized as being a crocodylomorph, possibly synonymous with Uruguaysuchus.[1][2] In his description of Sebecus, George Gaylord Simpson assigned Brasileosaurus to Notosuchidae, noting similarities with members of Mesoeucrocodylia.[3]


  1. ^ Huene, 1931. Verschiedene mesozoische Wirbeltierreste aus Südamerika [Different Mesozoic vertebrate remains from South America]. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paläontologie, Abteilung A. 66, 181-198.
  2. ^ Huene, 1933. Ein Versuch zur Stammesgeschichte der Krokodile. Centralblatt für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paläontologie, Abteilung B. 11, 577-585.
  3. ^ Simpson. 1937. An ancient eusuchian crocodile from Patagonia. American Museum Novitates. 965, 1-20.