Allodaposuchidae is an extinct clade of basal eusuchians that lived in southern Europe during the Late Cretaceous (Santonian-Maastrichtian).[1][2]

Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Santonian–Maastrichtian
Allodaposuchus precedens
A. precedens skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Eusuchia
Family: Allodaposuchidae
Narváez et al., 2015
Type species
Allodaposuchus precedens
Nopcsa, 1928



The type genus, Allodaposuchus, was originally described in 1928 from the Maastrichtian-age Sard Formation of the Hațeg Basin in Transylvania, Romania, and classified as a relative of the North American Leidyosuchus.[3] It was later classified as a eusuchian outside of Crocodylia in a 2001 paper, and subsequent studies found a number of European eusuchian species (Arenysuchus, Ischyrochampsa, Massaliasuchus, Musturzabalsuchus) to group with Allodaposuchus, prompting the erection of the clade Allodaposuchidae to accommodate Allodaposuchus and all European eusuchians closely related to it.[1][2][4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b Narváez, Iván; Brochu, Christopher A.; Escaso, Fernando; Pérez-García, Adán; Ortega, Francisco (2015). "New crocodyliforms from southwestern Europe and definition of a diverse clade of European Late Cretaceous basal eusuchians". PLOS ONE. 10 (11): e0140679. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140679. PMC 4633049. PMID 26535893.
  2. ^ a b Narváez, I.; Brochu, C.A.; Escaso, F.; Pérez-García, A.; Ortega, F. "New Spanish Late Cretaceous eusuchian reveals the synchronic and sympatric presence of two allodaposuchids". Cretaceous Research. 65: 112–125. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2016.04.018.
  3. ^ Nopcsa F., 1928 – Paleontological notes on Reptilia. 7. Classification of the Crocodilia – Geologica Hungarica, Series Palaeontologica 1: 75–84.
  4. ^ Buscalioni, A. D.; Ortega, F.; Weishampel, D. B.; Jianu, C. M. (2001). "A revision of the crocodyliform Allodaposuchus precedens from the Upper Cretaceous of the Hateg Basin, Romania. Its relevance in the phylogeny of Eusuchia". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 21: 74–86. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2001)021[0074:AROTCA]2.0.CO;2.
  5. ^ Martin, J. E.; Delfino, M.; Garcia, G.; Godefroit, P.; Berton, S.; Valentin, X. (2016). "New specimens of Allodaposuchus precedens from France: intraspecific variability and the diversity of European Late Cretaceous eusuchians". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 176: 607–631. doi:10.1111/zoj.12331.
  6. ^ Blanco, Alejandro; Fortuny, Josep; Vicente, Alba; Luján, Àngel H.; García-Marçà, Jordi Alexis; Sellés, Albert G. (2015). "A new species of Allodaposuchus (Eusuchia, Crocodylia) from the Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) of Spain: Phylogenetic and paleobiological implications". PeerJ. 3: e1171. doi:10.7717/peerj.1171. PMC 4558081. PMID 26339549.
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