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Zhyrasuchus
Fossil range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification

Class:

Sauropsida

Superorder:

Crocodylomorpha

(Unranked) :

?Eusuchia

Family:

?Crocodylidae

Genus:

Zhyrasuchus Nesov et al., 1989

Species:

  • Z. angustifrons Nesovet al., 1989 (type)

Zhyrasuchus is an extinct genus of crocodylomorph that may have been a crocodylid eusuchian, but is only known from scanty material including a frontal (one of the bones of the roof of the skull). Its fossils were found in the Coniacian-age Upper Cretaceous Bissekty Formation of Dzharakhuduk, Uzbekistan. Zhyrasuchus was described in 1989 by Lev Nessov and colleagues. The type species is Z. angustifrons. A 2000 review by Glenn Storrs and Mikhail Efimov could not determine how Zhyrasuchus and the contemporaneous Tadzhikosuchus were related, or even if they were synonyms, due to the poor fossils available.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Storrs, Glenn W.; and Efimov, Mikhail B. (2000). "Mesozoic crocodyliforms of north-central Eurasia". in Benton, Michael J.; Shishkin, Mikhail A.; Unwin, David M.; and Kurochkin, Evgenii N. (eds.). The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 402–419. ISBN 0-521-55476-X.


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