A new protosuchian crocodile from the Upper Triassic Elliot Formation of South Africa
Busbey, Arthur B. III
Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research
A new protosuchian crocodilian, Baroqueosuchus haughtoni from the Upper Triassic or Lower Jurassic Elliot Formation of the Orange Free State is the most primitive protosuchian crocodilian known. There are no contacts between the quadrate and opisthotic or below the crania-quadrate canal, the internal carotid arteries were not enclosed in separate foramina and the basicranium was flat, with the basisphenoid being broadly exposed on the base of the skull. The basic diagnosis of the Order Crocodilia is discussed and a new diagnosis is offered based upon cranial anatomy.
Baroqueosuchus haughtoni , Orange Free State , Crocodilia , skull