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[dinosaur] Caipirasuchus (sphagesaurid crocodilyform) feeding behavior

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

Fabiano Vidoi Iori & Ismar de Souza Carvalho (2017)
The Cretaceous crocodyliform Caipirasuchus: Behavioral feeding mechanisms.
Cretaceous Research (advance online publication)
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2017.11.023

Caipirasuchus is a sphagesaurid crocodilyform from the Cretaceous of the Bauru Basin. Three species, with terrestrial habits, leaned bodies and measuring less than 1.5 m in length, have been described up to now: Caipirasuchus montealtensis, C. paulistanus and C. stenognathus. Similar to other advanced notosuchians, they present a complex mastication mechanism that includes propalinal movements, side alternation during chewing and tooth-to-tooth occlusion. This study analyzes the anatomic structures and dental wear related to such mastication mechanisms in Caipirasuchus, in corresponding to feeding strategies.

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