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Caiman Alligator Tooth |Green River Formation

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Remarkable Caiman Alligator Tooth from the Green River Formation, Wyoming 

Eocene (52.3 Million Years Ago) 

 

Tooth measures approx: 22mm Matrix measures approx: 5.5" x 5.25"

 

This crocodilian from the FBM is a small caiman alligator (family Alligatoridae, subfamily Caimaninae). It was described and named by Brochu (2010) as Tsoabichi greenriverensis. This species is slightly less common than 1Borealosuchus wilsoni. 

Caiman are represented today by six living species. They live in slow-moving streams, lakes, ponds, and flooded wetlands. Small caiman feed on insects, amphibians, crayfishes, shrimps, and birds. They are today native to freshwaters of Central and South America, mostly in tropical or subtropical regions. The earliest known fossil caiman are from the Upper Paleocene of South America. The family Alligatoridae (alligators plus caimans) are today restricted to the Americas and eastern China, although fossil alligatorid material is also known from Europe. (The Lost World of Fossil Lake, Lance Grande)