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First record of abdominal contents in fossil Crocodyliformes, and its paleoecological and biological implications

Grant number: 13/06811-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): July 10, 2013
Effective date (End): January 09, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Paleozoology
Principal Investigator:Max Cardoso Langer
Grantee:Pedro Lorena Godoy
Supervisor abroad: Mark Allen Norell
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : American Museum of Natural History, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:11/16007-9 - 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, BP.MS


The discovery of fossil vertebrates containing elements, eaten alive, still preserved in its abdominal cavity is an event of major importance in paleontology. These findings are extremely rare due to it preservation difficulty, and allow a series of discussions in various fields such as paleobiology and paleoecology. Despite of the great morphological diversity during the Mesozoic, yet no abdominal contents had been recorded to fossil Crocodyliformes. Thus, the target material of this project has great impact, since it represents the first record of abdominal contents into fossil Crocodyliformes. Furthermore, the material, found in the abdominal cavity of a Baurusuchidae (Mesoeucrocodylia) specimen, was referred to Sphagesauridae, another group of Crocodyliformes. This is, likewise, an evidence of the ecological niches diversity that these animals were occupying during the Mesozoic. Thus, this project aims, through an internship, deepen the student's knowledge about the paleoecological and biological approaches that the new finding requires, arming it with more data to perform the related discussions. The stage, lasting 6 months, will take place at the Division of Paleontology, at the American Museum of Natural History, under the guidance of Dr. Mark Norell Allen. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GODOY, PEDRO L.; BRONZATI, MARIO; ELTINK, ESTEVAN; MARSOLA, JULIO C. DE A.; CIDADE, GIOVANNE M.; LANGER, MAX C.; MONTEFELTRO, FELIPE C. Postcranial anatomy of Pissarrachampsa sera (Crocodyliformes, Baurusuchidae) from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil: insights on lifestyle and phylogenetic significance. PeerJ, v. 4, MAY 26 2016. Web of Science Citations: 16.
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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