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Alpha-taxonomic review of the Baurusuchidae (Crocodyliformes, Mesoeucrocodylia) from Vale do Rio do Peixe formation (Bauru Group, Late Cretaceous), with the description of a new specimen from General Salgado-SP

Grant number: 11/16007-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): September 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Paleozoology
Principal researcher:Max Cardoso Langer
Grantee:Pedro Lorena Godoy
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/06811-0 - First record of abdominal contents in fossil Crocodyliformes, and its paleoecological and biological implications, BE.EP.MS


The anatomical description of a new specimen of Baurusuchidae corresponds to the initial objective of this project. The specimen is composed of a skull and associated post-cranial material and was collected in an outcrop on General Salgado-SP (Vale do Rio do Peixe Formation, Upper Cretaceous). In the same location, the skeletal remains of the three species of the genus Baurusuchus were recorded and, for the entire Vale do Rio do Peixe Formation, other three species of Baurusuchidae were described. The distinction between these taxa, with the establishment of more accurate diagnoses, is important in understanding the real diversity of the baurusuchids from these deposits. Proposing to attend to these aspects, another objective is the alpha-taxonomic review of the baurusuchids from the Vale do Rio do Peixe Formation. Two analyses will be made to this end. First, an initial comparative analysis to establish the validity and inclusiveness of these taxa, based on the sharing of unique group of characters. And second, a phylogenetic analysis to hierarchically organize the taxonomic information generated by the initial comparative analysis. (AU)

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GODOY, PEDRO L.; MONTEFELTRO, FELIPE C.; NORELL, MARK A.; LANGER, MAX C. An Additional Baurusuchid from the Cretaceous of Brazil with Evidence of Interspecific Predation among Crocodyliformes. PLoS One, v. 9, n. 5 MAY 8 2014. Web of Science Citations: 23.
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GODOY, Pedro Lorena. Osteology and phylogeny of two fossil Crocodyliformes: Aplestosuchus sordidus, from the Cretaceous of Brazil, and Eocaiman cavernensis, from the Eocene of Argentina. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto Ribeirão Preto.

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