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Planocrania is an extinct genus of crocodylians. Planocrania was once included in the family Pristichampsidae along with the genus Pristichampsus. Both genera were previously assigned to the subfamily Pristichampsinae within the family Crocodylidae before they were placed in their own family, the Pristichampsidae.[1] Two species are currently known to belong to the genus. The type species, P. datangensis, was named in 1976 from material found from Nanxiong in Guangdong Province, China.[2] A second species, P. hengdongensis, is known from Hengdong County in Hunan Province and was described in 1984.[3]

Temporal range: Paleocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Planocraniidae
Genus: Planocrania
Li, 1976
  • P. datangensis Li, 1976 (type)
  • P. hengdongensis Li, 1984


  1. ^ Brochu, C. A. (2001). "Crocodylian snouts in space and time: phylogenetic approaches toward adaptive radiation". American Zoologist. 41 (3): 564–585. doi:10.1668/0003-1569(2001)041[0564:CSISAT]2.0.CO;2.
  2. ^ Li, J. L. (1976). "Fossils of Sebecosuchia discovered from Nanxiong, Guangdong". Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 14: 169–173.
  3. ^ Li, J. L. (1984). "A new species of Planocrania from Hengdong, Hunan". Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 22 (2): 123–134.

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