|Named By:||P. M. O'Connor, J. J. W. Sertich, N. J. Stevens, E. M. Roberts, M. D. Gottfried, T. L. Hieronymus, Z. A. Jinnah, R. Ridgely, S. E. Ngasala & J. Temba in 2010|
|Time Period:||Early Cretaceous, 105 Ma|
|Location:||Tanzania - .Galula Formation|
|Size:||About 50 centimetres long|
|Fossil(s):||Almost complete individual|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Crocodylomorpha | Notosuchia | Ziphosuchia ||
Pakasuchus is a genus of notosuchian crocodyliform distinguished by its unusual mammal-like appearance, including mammal-like teeth that would have given the animal the ability to chew. It also had long, slender legs and a doglike nose. Pakasuchus lived approximately 105 million years ago, in the mid-Cretaceous. Fossils have been found from the Rukwa Rift Basin of southwestern Tanzania, and were described in 2010 in the journal Nature. The type species is P. kapilimai. Pakasuchus means "cat crocodile" (paka meaning "cat" in Kiswahili) in reference to its cat-like appearance and probable behavior.