Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Kayentasuchus walkeri

A basal crocodylomorph from the Kayenta Formation in Arizona.

Kayentasuchus walkeri
Clark & Sues, 2002
Meaning of generic name
Kayenta, in reference to the formation from which the holotype was collected, and Greek soukhos, crocodile
Meaning of specific name
In memory of Alick D. Walker for his many contributions to our understanding of Sphenosuchus and other archosaurs.
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Holotype (UCMP 131830): a nearly complete but fragmented skeleton.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Near the middle of the Kayenta Formation (Glen Canyon Group). Early Jurassic

Locality: Badlands at Willow Springs, Rock Head 7.5 Minute Quadrangle, NE Arizona, US.
Archosauromorpha Crurotarsi Paracrocodylomorpha Sphenosuchia Sphenosuchidae
Further Reading
Clark, J. M., and Sues, H.-D., 2002. Two new basal crocodylomorph archosaurs from the Lower Jurassic and the monophyly of the sphenosuchia: In: Archosaurian anatomy and palaeontology. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 136, p. 77-95.

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