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New Ophthalmosaurid Ichthyosaurs from the European Lower Cretaceous Demonstrate Extensive Ichthyosaur Survival across the Jurassic–Cretaceous Boundary
Background Ichthyosauria is a diverse clade of marine amniotes that spanned most of the Mesozoic. Until recently, most authors interpreted the fossil record as showing that three major extinctionExpand
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High Diversity in Cretaceous Ichthyosaurs from Europe Prior to Their Extinction
Background Ichthyosaurs are reptiles that inhabited the marine realm during most of the Mesozoic. Their Cretaceous representatives have traditionally been considered as the last survivors of a groupExpand
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Extinction of fish-shaped marine reptiles associated with reduced evolutionary rates and global environmental volatility
Despite their profound adaptations to the aquatic realm and their apparent success throughout the Triassic and the Jurassic, ichthyosaurs became extinct roughly 30 million years before theExpand
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A new Lower Cretaceous ichthyosaur from Russia reveals skull shape conservatism within Ophthalmosaurinae
Ophthalmosaurinae is a recently recognized clade of derived ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles) ranging from the Bajocian (Middle Jurassic) to the late Albian (late Early Cretaceous). Whereas theExpand
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Peculiar macrophagous adaptations in a new Cretaceous pliosaurid
During the Middle and Late Jurassic, pliosaurid plesiosaurs evolved gigantic body size and a series of craniodental adaptations that have been linked to the occupation of an apex predator niche.Expand
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New Data on the Ichthyosaur Platypterygius hercynicus and Its Implications for the Validity of the Genus
The description of a nearly complete skull from the late Albian of northwestern France reveals previously unknown anatomical features of Platypterygius hercynicus, and of European CretaceousExpand
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Plasticity and Convergence in the Evolution of Short-Necked Plesiosaurs
Plesiosaurs were the longest-surviving group of secondarily marine tetrapods, comparable in diversity to today's cetaceans. During their long evolutionary history, which spanned the Jurassic and theExpand
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Correction: High Diversity in Cretaceous Ichthyosaurs from Europe Prior to Their Extinction
The images for Figures 17, 18, 19, and 20 were incorrectly switched. The image that appears as Figure 17 should be Figure 19, the image that appears as Figure 18 should be Figure 20, the image thatExpand
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Large predatory marine reptiles from the Albian–Cenomanian of Annopol, Poland
During the Early–Late Cretaceous transition, marine ecosystems in Eurasia hosted a diverse set of large predatory reptiles that occupied various niches. However, most of our current knowledge ofExpand
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The evolutionary history of polycotylid plesiosaurians
Polycotylidae is a clade of plesiosaurians that appeared during the Early Cretaceous and became speciose and abundant early in the Late Cretaceous. However, this radiation is poorly understood.Expand
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