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Australosuchus is an extinct genus of crocodylian belonging to the subfamily Mekosuchinae.[1]

Australosuchus
Temporal range: Late OligoceneEarly Miocene, 28.4–15.97 Ma[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Crocodylidae
Subfamily: Mekosuchinae
Genus: Australosuchus
Willis & Molnar, 1991
Type species
Australosuchus clarkae
Willis & Molnar, 1991

The type and only known species Australosuchus clarkae lived during the Late Oligocene and the Early Miocene of southern Australia. The generic name Australosuchus means "Southern crocodile". It was described in 1991 from fossil material discovered at Lake Palankarinna in South Australia.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "†Australosuchus Willis and Molnar 1991". Paleobiology Database. Fossilworks. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ Willis, P.M.A. & Molnar, R.E. (1991). "A new middle Tertiary crocodile from Lake Palankarinna, South Australia". Records of the South Australian Museum. 25 (1): 39–55.