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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Family: Goniopholididae
Genus: Microsuchus
de Saez, 1928
Type species
Microsuchus schilleri
de Saez, 1928

Microsuchus is an extinct genus of mesoeucrocodylian.[1] Fossils have been found that date back to the Late Cretaceous.[2]


Originally classified as a goniopholidid on the basis of the platycoelus vertebral centra,[3] Microsuchus was recently redescribed and recovered as either a neosuchian or notosuchian. Diagnostic features include the presence of a bulge lateral to the prezygapophyses of the second sacral vertebra, elongated posterior zeugopodia, and proximal caudal centra with a triangular cross section.[4]


  1. ^ Mook, C. C. (1934). "The evolution and classification of the crocodilia". The Journal of Geology. 42 (3): 295–304. Bibcode:1934JG.....42..295M. doi:10.1086/624165. 
  2. ^ Markwick, P. J. (1998). "Crocodilian diversity in space and time: The role of climate in paleoecology and its implication for understanding K/T extinctions". Paleobiology. 24 (4): 470–497. doi:10.1017/S009483730002011X. JSTOR 2401182. 
  3. ^ Saez, M. D. d. (1928). "Un nuevo goniofolido Argentino". Anales de la Sociedad Cientifica Argentina, Buenos Aires. 105: 287–290. 
  4. ^ Leardi, Juan Martín; Fiorelli, Lucas E.; Gasparini, Zulma (2015). "Redescription and reevaluation of the taxonomical status of Microsuchus schilleri (Crocodyliformes: Mesoeucrocodylia) from the Upper Cretaceous of Neuquén, Argentina". Cretaceous Research. 52: 153. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2014.09.007. 

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