A Carapace-Like Bony ‘Body Tube’ in an Early Triassic Marine Reptile and the Onset of Marine Tetrapod Predation

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Parahupehsuchus longus is a new species of marine reptile from the Lower Triassic of Yuan'an County, Hubei Province, China. It is unique among vertebrates for having a body wall that is completely surrounded by a bony tube, about 50 cm long and 6.5 cm deep, comprising overlapping ribs and gastralia. This tube and bony ossicles on the back are best… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094396

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@inproceedings{Chen2014ACB, title={A Carapace-Like Bony ‘Body Tube’ in an Early Triassic Marine Reptile and the Onset of Marine Tetrapod Predation}, author={Xiaohong Chen and Ryosuke Motani and Long Cheng and Da-yong Jiang and Olivier Rieppel}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2014} }