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meaning: "Purus lizard - after the Purus River"
Named By: Barbosa Rodrigues in 1892
Time Period: Early-Late Miocene (Colhuehuapian-Montehermosan)20.4-5.3 Ma
Location: South America, particularly Amazonia
Size: Skull up to 1.4 meters long. Body length estimated between 11 and 13 meters
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Several specimens, usually of skull material
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Crocodylomorpha | Crocodylia | Alligatoridae | Caimaninae |

Purussaurus is an extinct genus of giant caiman that lived in South America during the Miocene epoch, from the Colhuehuapian to the Montehermosan in the SALMA classification. It is known from skull material found in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon, Colombian Villavieja Formation, Panamanian Culebra Formation and the Urumaco and Socorro Formations of northern Venezuela.

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