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CT scan of Triassic crocodylomorph skull



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new online paper not mentioned yet:



Fabien Knoll and Klaus Rohrberg (2012)
CT scanning, rapid prototyping and re-examination of a partial skull
of a basal crocodylomorph from the Late Triassic of Germany.
Swiss Journal of Geosciences (advance online publication)
DOI: 10.1007/s00015-012-0094-4
http://www.springerlink.com/content/982l1174h27751l8/


An incomplete skull (SMNS 12352) from the Norian (Late Triassic),
found at the same locality (Pfaffenhofen, Germany) as Procompsognathus
triassicus, has previously been attributed to either a theropod or a
crocodylomorph. The specimen is partially embedded in matrix and,
therefore, was CT scanned so that the concealed portion could be
visualized and a 3D model could be printed by means of rapid
prototyping. Mainly based on the separation between the nasal and the
antorbital fossa, the skull likely pertains to an indeterminate basal
crocodylomorph (non-Crocodyliformes), which is, however, distinct from
Saltoposuchus connectens.