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Alligators and Caimans
Fossil range: Cretaceous - Recent
Scientific classification

Class:

Reptilia

Order:

Crocodilia

Family:

Alligatoridae Gray, 1844

Alligators and caimans are archosaurs, species of crocodilians and form the family Alligatoridae (sometimes regarded instead as the subfamily Alligatorinae).

True alligators Edit

Alligators proper occur in the fluvial deposits of the age of the Upper Chalk in Europe, where they did not die out until the Pliocene age.

TaxonomyEdit

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