A basal ichthyosauriform with a short snout from the Lower Triassic of China

@article{Motani2015ABI,
  title={A basal ichthyosauriform with a short snout from the Lower Triassic of China},
  author={R. Motani and Da-yong Jiang and Guan-bao Chen and A. Tintori and O. Rieppel and C. Ji and Jian-dong Huang},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2015},
  volume={517},
  pages={485-488}
}
  • R. Motani, Da-yong Jiang, +4 authors Jian-dong Huang
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature
  • The incompleteness of the fossil record obscures the origin of many of the more derived clades of vertebrates. One such group is the Ichthyopterygia, a clade of obligatory marine reptiles that appeared in the Early Triassic epoch, without any known intermediates. Here we describe a basal ichthyosauriform from the upper Lower Triassic (about 248 million years ago) of China, whose primitive skeleton indicates possible amphibious habits. It is smaller than ichthyopterygians and had unusually large… CONTINUE READING

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