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Crocodylia

Shamosuchus


 
Meaning Of Name: Gobi crocodile
Classification: CROCODYLA; Mesosuchia; Paralligatoridae
Age: Late Cretaceous (Santonian), Tayn Shireh Formation
Locality: Gobi Desert, South Eastern Peoples' Republic of Mongolia
Cast Size: 59cm in length

The skull of this primitive crocodilian (a mesosuchian, a group more primitive than living crocodiles) had teeth specialised for crushing its prey rather than piercing it. Perhaps this was an adaptation for eating molluscs, clams and snails and the like. This genus persisted in Mongolia until the end of the Cretaceous, the time when the dinosaurs became extinct.