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Some time age, I made a speculative terrestrial predatory crocodile for the :iconallocene:, of Cuba:



And now, in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (released just this week!), I found this:


Christopher A. Brochu & Osvaldo Jiménez-Vázquez (2014) Enigmatic crocodyliforms from the early Miocene of Cuba, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34:5, 1094-1101

ABSTRACTEarly Miocene deposits from the Domo de Zaza locality, in the south-central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, preserve crocodyliform remains, including compressed serrated teeth closely resembling those of South American sebecids. Fragmentary cranial and mandibular material is more difficult to assess. Referral to any other post-Paleogene crocodyliform known from the Western Hemisphere can be ruled out, and phylogenetic analyses are unable to pinpoint its relationships. Similarities can be found with planocraniids, including ventrally oriented and mediolaterally expanded orbital surfaces, but the morphology of the quadrate is inconsistent with a planocraniid affinity. A sebecid in the Miocene of Cuba would be congruent with evidence from other vertebrates suggesting extensive dispersal between the Greater Antilles and South America during the Neogene, and it would be the first Neogene record of the group outside South America. The other crocodyliform may indicate the presence of an endemic West Indian lineage not closely related to any contemporaneous group. It is also consistent with extant Crocodylus arriving in the Neotropics within the past 5–10 million years.

Any of the two options - a planocraniid (formerly pristichampsid) or a sebecid is very interesting, and shows that in the past, the Antilles having an interesting terrestrial fauna that includes other lineages of crocodyliforms. Life is stranger than fiction, isn't? :)

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Plioart Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the +fav!
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Zimices Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist
You're welcome :)
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bLAZZE92 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Hola! oye, tienes publicaciones que comenten en la postura de Sebecus y Baurusuchus?
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Zimices Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist
Hola, y si, tengo unas cuantas... ya te mando unos enlaces en una nota.
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bLAZZE92 Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
Esta bien, gracias!
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PaleoJoe Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave.😀
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Zimices Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome :)
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John-AM Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, a mutual faves swap.XD Thnx for the fave man, gracias.
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Zimices Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist
No problem, you have good drawings, not only because the favorites. Saludos :)
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John-AM Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I do like your gallery as well.:-)
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