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Aldabrachampsus is an extinct genus of crocodylian. A horned crocodile, its incomplete remains were found on Aldabra Atoll in the western Indian Ocean. It was small (perhaps 2 to 2.5 metres (6.6 to 8.2 ft) long) and lived during the Pleistocene.[1]

Aldabrachampsus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Crocodylidae
Subfamily: Crocodylinae
Genus: Aldabrachampsus
Brochu, 2006
Type species
Aldabrachampsus dilophus
Brochu, 2006

Because it is known from fragmentary material, its relationships to modern crocodylians are unclear. It appears to have been a crocodylid, but could be closer to either the African dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus) or the true crocodiles (Crocodylus).[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Brochu, Christopher A. (2006). "A new miniature horned crocodile from the Quaternary of Aldabra Atoll, western Indian Ocean" (pdf). Copeia. 2006 (2): 149–158. doi:10.1643/0045-8511(2006)6[149:ANMHCF]2.0.CO;2.