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Paratomistoma (meaning "next to or near Tomistoma") is an extinct genus of tomistomine crocodylian. It is based on the holotype specimen CGM 42188, a partial posterior skull and lower jaw discovered at Wadi Hitan, Egypt, in Middle Eocene-age rocks of the Gehannam Formation. The skull is unfused but considered morphologically mature. Paratomistoma was named in 2000 by Christopher Brochu and Philip Gingerich; the type species is P. courti in honor of Nicholas Court, who found CGM 42188. They performed a phylogenetic analysis and found Paratomistoma to be a derived tomistomine. It may have been a marine or coastal crocodilian.[1]

Temporal range: Middle Eocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Gavialidae
Subfamily: Tomistominae
Genus: Paratomistoma
Brochu & Gingerich, 2000
Type species
Paratomistoma courti
Brochu & Gingerich, 2000


  1. ^ Brochu, Christopher A.; Gingerich, Philip D. (2000). "New tomistomine crocodylian from the Middle Eocene (Bartonian) of Wadi Hitan, Fayum Province, Egypt" (pdf). Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology. 30 (10): 251–268.