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Pholidosauridae
Fossil range: 164.7–99.6 Ma
Middle Jurassic - Early Cretaceous
Sarcosuchus imperator
Sarcosuchus
Scientific classification

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

Sauropsida

Subclass:

Diapsida

Infraclass:

Archosauromorpha

(Unranked) :

Crurotarsi

Superorder:

Crocodylomorpha

Family:

Pholidosauridae
Zittel and Eastman, 1902

(Unranked) :

Mesoeucrocodylia

Genera:

Pholidosauridae is an extinct family of mesoeucrocodylian crocodylomorphs. Fossils have been found in the United States, Canada, China, Kyrgyzstan, Africa (Niger, Mali, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) and Spain. The pholidosaurs are thought to have evolved during the Callovian stage of the Middle Jurassic and went extinct during the early Albian stage of the Early Cretaceous.

Sarcosuchus, informally known as "SuperCroc" is one of the best known pholidosaurs. It is believed to have attained lengths of up to 12 meters and weighed up to 8 tonnes. One genus, Suchosaurus, once thought to be a pholidosaur,[1] has since been shown to be a spinosaurid theropod dinosaur.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Carroll, R.L. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. WH Freeman and Company, New York ISBN 0-716-71822-7
  2. ^ Buffetaut, E. (2007). "The spinosaurid dinosaur Baryonyx (Saurischia, Theropoda) in the Early Cretaceous of Portugal." Geological Magazine, 144(6): 1021-1025.


External linksEdit

Postosuchus BW
Champsosaurus BW


Major groups within Mesoeucrocodylia
ThalattosuchiaMetriorhynchidae • Teleosauridae

NotosuchiaBaurusuchidae • Chimaerasuchidae • Notosuchidae • Sphagesauridae • Libycosuchus • Araripesuchus

SebeciaPeirosauridae • Sebecidae • Mahajangasuchus

NeosuchiaAtoposauridae • Dyrosauridae • Goniopholididae • Paralligatoridae • Pholidosauridae

Related articlesMesosuchia • Crocodilia

Related categoriesMarine crocodiles • Terrestrial crocodiles • Jurassic crocodylomorphs • Cretaceous crocodylomorphs • Paleogene crocodylomorphs

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