|Named By:||L. I. Price in 1945|
|Time Period:||Late Cretaceous, Turonian-Santonian|
|Location:||Brazil - Adamantina Formation|
|Size:||Between 3.5 and 4 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Skull and partial post cranial remains of a few individuals|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Crocodylomorpha | Notosuchia | Sebecosuchia | Baurusuchidae | Baurusuchinae ||
Baurusuchus is an extinct genus of baurusuchid mesoeucrocodylian from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil. It was a terrestrial predator and scavenger, about 3.5 to 4 metres (11.5 to 13.1 ft) long and 80 kilograms (176 lb) in weight. Baurusuchus lived during the Turonian to Santonian stages (90-83.5 million years ago) of the Late Cretaceous Period, in Adamantina Formation, Brazil. It gets its name from the Brazilian Bauru Group ("Bauru crocodile"). It was related to the earlier-named Cynodontosuchus rothi, which was smaller, with weaker dentition. The three species are B. pachechoi, named after Eng Joviano Pacheco, its descoverer, B. salgadoensis (named after General Salgado County in Sao Paulo, Brazil) and B. albertoi (named after Dr. Alberto Barbosa de Carvalho, Brazilian paleontologist). The latter species is disputed (see phylogeny section). Its relatives include the similarly sized Stratiotosuchus from the Adamantina Formation, and Pabweshi, from the Pakistani Pab Formation.