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Aigialosuchus

Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 89.3-65.5 Ma

Scientific classification

[1]

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Branch: Crocodylomorpha
Order: Crocodylia
Genus: AigialosuchusPersson, 1960
Species
  • A. Villandensis Persson, 1960 (type)

Aigialosuchus Villandensis is a crocodylomorph from the Late Cretaceous of Sweden.

DiscoveryEdit

Aigialosuchus was discovered in Senonian rocks in it's type locality Ivö Klack on Ivö in Skåne, Sweden.

PalaeobiologyEdit

ExtinctionEdit

Most scientists believe Aigialosuchus is an extinct genus, yet no supporting evidence for the extinction idea exists, and the only evidence that proves the animal exists is fossilized.

Possible survivalEdit

Since the extinction theory cannot be proven, one should look a bit into the survival theory instead. There have been several sightings of giant aquatic lizards in Sweden throughout the centuries, and from a view where we consider these actual eyewitness accounts, they cannot yet be fully identified, but some of the animals are crocodile-like. Then one can speculate that remnants of Aigialosuchus might still roam the vast and badly explored parts of the country.

External linksEdit

  • [2] Paleobiology Database, Aigialosuchus villandensis Persson 1960 (crocodile)
  • [3] Wikipedia, Agialosuchus

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