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Shedding light on the taxonomic diversity of the south american miocene caimans: the status of Melanosuchus fisheri (Crocodylia, Alligatoroidea)

  • Bona, Paula División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Blanco, M. Victoria Fernandez División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Schever, Torsten M. Paläontologisches Institut und Museum, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
  • Foth, Christian Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
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    10.06.2017
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  • Ameghiniana. - 2017, vol. 54, no. 6, p. 681–687
English Melanosuchus niger Spix is distributed throughout the Amazon River basin today. The extinct Melanosuchus fisheri Medina from the late Miocene of Venezuela was erected based on two almost complete, but heavily deformed skulls (the holotype MCNC 243 and the referred specimen MCZ 4336), which show morphological differences from each other. The comparison indicates that only the holotype can be referred to Melanosuchus Gray. We propose MCZ 4336 is a representative of the caimanine Globidentosuchus brachyrostris Scheyer, Aguilera, Delfino, Fortier, Carlini, Sánchez, Carrillo-Briceño, Quiroz and Sãnchez-Villagra. Although the taxonomy of M. fisheri is taken into question herein, the classification of the holotype still sustains the hypothesis that the genus is registered in South America since the late Miocene.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
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Département de Géosciences
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  • English
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Paleontology
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