Tienosuchus

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Tienosuchus
Temporal range: Eocene
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Tienosuchus

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  • T. hsiangiYoung, 1949 (type)

Tienosuchus is a dubious extinct genus of gavialoid crocodilian. It is known from a single tooth and some postcranial remains collected from Eocene deposits in Hunan, China. [1] It is closely related to the genus Thoracosaurus , and has traditionally been placed in the subfamily Thoracosaurinae. The subfamily is now considered to be a paraphyletic assemblage of basal gavialoids, and therefore not a true clade. [2] Because the fragmentary remains provide little diagnostic value, the genus is now considered a nomen dubium .

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References

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