Fossil alligator skull - ROM2004_1028_21


Fossil alligator skull

Place Collected
North America, Canada, Alberta, Red Deer River Valley, Sand Creek Badlands, Quarry 113, Ls 14, West of The 4th Meridian, 666.076 m ASL
Date: Date Collected: 1954-06-14
length=50; width=15; height=25 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • OrderCrocodylia
    • FamilyAlligatoridae
    • GenusLeidyosuchus
    • SpecificEpithetcanadensis
Object number: ROMVP01903
On view
Gallery Location:James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, K/T Extinction, Cretaceous Survivors, Crocodiles
DescriptionThe extinction event of the Late Cretaceous affected many animals that lived on dry land. In contrast, most kinds of lake and river dwelling creatures survived. These included many turtles, crocodiles (such as this Leidyosuchus), and freshwater fishes. This skull is probably the best preserved skull of Leidyosuchus known in the world.
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