Shamosucus sp.

shamosuchus skull
Shamosuchus sp., skull
Archosauria: Crocodilia: Paralligatoridae
Locality: Gobi Desert, southern Mongolia
Age: Late Cretaceous (Santonian), 85 million years ago

The skull of this primitive crocodilian (a mesosuchian, a group more primitive than
living crocodiles) had teeth specialized for crushing its prey.
This genus existed in Mongolia until the end of the Cretaceous.
It's name is derived from "shamo", the ancient name for Gobi.
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