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Temporal range: Late Jurassic - ?Early Cretaceous
Zigong Dinosaur Museum Sichuanosuchus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Mesoeucrocodylia
Clade: Shartegosuchoidea
Genus: Sichuanosuchus
Peng, 1995
  • S. huidongensis Peng, 1995 (type)
  • S. shuhanensis Wu et al., 1997

Sichuanosuchus is an extinct genus of crocodylomorph from the Late Jurassic and possibly Early Cretaceous of China.



Poll and Norell (2004) recovered Sichuanosuchus as sister to Shantungosuchus and Zosuchus based on the presence of a ventrally deflected posterior region of the mandibular rami.[1] Buscalioni (2017) recovered Sichuanosuchus as sister to Shantungosuchus, Zosuchus, and Shartegosuchidae,[2] and Dollman et al. (2018) went further by erecting Shartegosuchoidea for the clade formed by Shartegosuchidae, Sichuanosuchus, Zosuchus, and Shantungosuchus.[3]


  1. ^ Pol, D. & Norell, M. A., (2004). "A new crocodyliform from Zos Canyon, Mongolia". American Museum Novitates 3445: 1-36.
  2. ^ Ángela D. Buscalioni (2017) The Gobiosuchidae in the early evolution of Crocodyliformes. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Article: e1324459 doi:
  3. ^ Kathleen N. Dollman; James M. Clark; Mark A. Norell; Xu Xing; Jonah N. Choiniere (2018). "Convergent evolution of a eusuchian-type secondary palate within Shartegosuchidae". American Museum Novitates. 3901: 1–23. doi:10.1206/3901.1.
  • Chinese Fossil Vertebrates by Spencer G. Lucas