A gharial from the Oligocene of Puerto Rico: transoceanic dispersal in the history of a non-marine reptile

@article{VlezJuarbe2007AGF,
  title={A gharial from the Oligocene of Puerto Rico: transoceanic dispersal in the history of a non-marine reptile},
  author={J. V{\'e}lez-Juarbe and C. Brochu and Hern{\'a}n Santos},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={274},
  pages={1245 - 1254}
}
The Indian gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is not found in saltwater, but the geographical distribution of fossil relatives suggests a derivation from ancestors that lived in, or were at least able to withstand, saline conditions. Here, we describe a new Oligocene gharial, Aktiogavialis puertoricensis, from deltaic–coastal deposits of northern Puerto Rico. It is related to a clade of Neogene gharials otherwise restricted to South America. Its geological and geographical settings, along with its… Expand

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