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Temporal range: 90–83 Ma
Turonian - Santonian
Life restoration of Armadillosuchus arrudai
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Ziphosuchia
Family: Sphagesauridae
Kuhn, 1968

Sphagesauridae is a Gondwanan family of mesoeucrocodylians that lived during the Late Cretaceous. It was a clade of terrestrial crocodilians that evolved very mammal-like teeth and jaws.[1][2] Both Sphagesaurus and Adamantinasuchus are known from the Turonian to Santonian of Brazil.[3][4]


  1. ^ MARINHO, T.S. & CARVALHO, I.S. Revision of the Sphagesauridae KUHN, 1968 (Crocodyliformes, Mesoeucrocodylia). In: CARVALHO, I.S.; CASSAB, R.C.T.; SCHWANKE, C.; CARVALHO, M.A.; FERNANDES, A.C.S.; RODRIGUES, M.A.; CARVALHO, M.S.S.; ARAI, M.; OLIVEIRA, M.E.Q. (Orgs.). Paleontologia: Cenários de Vida. 1 ed. Rio de Janeiro: Interciência, 2007, v.1, p.589-599.
  2. ^ Pol D. 2003. New remains of Sphagesaurus huenei (Crocodylomorpha: Mesoeucrocodylia) from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23 (4): 817–831.
  3. ^ Candeiro CRA, Martinelli AG, Avilla LS, Rich TH. 2006. Tetrapods from the Upper Cretaceous (Turonian-Maastrichtian) Bauru Group of Brazil: a reappraisal. Cretaceous Research 27 (6): 923-946.
  4. ^ Nobre PH, Carvalho IS. 2006. Adamantinasuchus navae: A new Gondwanan Crocodylomorpha (Mesoeucrocodylia) from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil. Gondwana Research 10: 370–378.