Late Cretaceous neosuchian crocodiles from the Sultanate of Oman

Angela D. Buscalioni*, Anne S. Schulp, John W M Jagt, Samir S. Hanna, Axel Frans Hartman

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    Two apparently new crocodilian taxa from the Late Cretaceous (Late Campanian-Maastrichtian) Al-Khod Conglomerate of the Sultanate of Oman are described. The fragmentary state of preservation precludes formal naming, yet enables comparisons to be made with other taxa. One is a short-snouted terrestrial species showing affinities to Trematochampsidae based on similarities shared with Trematochampsa oblita; the other, an aquatic neosuchian, is related to longirostrine crocodiles with rather short splenials at the symphysis. The material supplies more evidence of similarities between the crocodilian faunas of Afro-Arabia and Madagascar. Currently, the Al-Khod fauna represents one of the better known, albeit otherwise poorly documented, Mesozoic vertebrate faunas from the Middle East.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)267-275
    Number of pages9
    JournalCretaceous Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


    • Crocodyliformes
    • Late Campanian-Maastrichtian
    • Late Cretaceous
    • Neosuchia
    • Sultanate of Oman
    • Trematochampsidae


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