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Theriosuchus (Mesoeucrocodylia) in Late Cretaceous of Europe



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new paper:

Jeremy E. Martin, Márton Rabi, Zoltán Csiki-Sava, and Stefan Vasile  (2014)
Cranial morphology of Theriosuchus sympiestodon (Mesoeucrocodylia,
Atoposauridae) and the widespread occurrence of Theriosuchus in the
Late Cretaceous of Europe.
Journal of Paleontology 88(3): 444-456
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1666/13-106
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1666/13-106

We present a detailed morphological description of the type-locality
cranial material of Theriosuchus sympiestodon Martin, Rabi, and Csiki,
2010 from the Maastrichtian Densus-Ciula Formation of the Hateg Basin,
Romania together with new material of isolated cranial elements and
teeth from various sites of the same general area. The recognition of
several individuals of distinct sizes allows for an assessment of
ontogenetic variation in this taxon. New material, consisting of
isolated teeth and an incomplete maxilla with in situ teeth, coming
from various late Campanian/early Maastrichtian sites in southern
France is referable to ?Theriosuchus sp. and hints to a rare but
widespread distribution of Theriosuchus in the Late Cretaceous
European archipelago.