Wargosuchus

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Wargosuchus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Santonian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Branch: Sebecosuchia
Family: Baurusuchidae
Subfamily: Pissarrachampsinae
Genus: Wargosuchus
Martinelli & Pais, 2008
Type species
Wargosuchus australis
Martinelli & Pais, 2008

Wargosuchus (meaning "warg crocodile") is an extinct genus of baurusuchid mesoeucrocodylian from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina. It is known from a fragmentary skull from the Santonian-age Bajo de la Carpa Formation of the Neuquén Group, found in the vicinity of Neuquén, Neuquén Province, and was described by Agustín Martinelli and Diego Pais in 2008. The type species, and so far the only species, is Wargosuchus australis.[1][2]

Wargosuchus is based on MOZ-PV 6134, a partial right premaxilla and maxilla, and partial skull roof. Martinelli and Pais distinguished Wargosuchus from other mesoeucrocodylians by skull details, such as a deep groove on the midline of the frontal bones, a large depression for the olfactory bulbs, and enlargement of the last tooth of the premaxilla followed by a deep pit for the following tooth of the lower jaw. The animal had a robust skull. It shared its setting with four other taxa of mesoeucrocodylians: common Notosuchus, and rare Cynodontosuchus, Lomasuchus, and Gasparinisuchus.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martinelli, Agustín G.; Pais, Diego F. (2008). "A new baurusuchid crocodyliform (Archosauria) from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia (Argentina)". Comptes Rendus Palevol. 7 (6): 371–381. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2008.05.002. 
  2. ^ "†Wargosuchus Martinelli and Pais 2008". Paleobiology Database. Fossilworks. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Martinelli, Agustín G.; Sertich, Joseph J.W.; Garrido, Alberto C.; Praderio, Ángel M. (2012). "A new peirosaurid from the Upper Cretaceous of Argentina: Implications for specimens referred to Peirosaurus torminni Price (Crocodyliformes: Peirosauridae)". Cretaceous Research. 37: 191–200. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2012.03.017.