A new leptocleidid (Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria) from the Vectis Formation (Early Barremian–early Aptian; Early Cretaceous) of the Isle of Wight and the evolution of Leptocleididae, a controversial clade

@article{Benson2013ANL,
  title={A new leptocleidid (Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria) from the Vectis Formation (Early Barremian–early Aptian; Early Cretaceous) of the Isle of Wight and the evolution of Leptocleididae, a controversial clade},
  author={R. Benson and H. Ketchum and D. Naish and Langan E. Turner},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  year={2013},
  volume={11},
  pages={233 - 250}
}
Among the most enigmatic and controversial plesiosaurian clades is the Early Cretaceous Leptocleididae, a small group of (mostly) short-necked taxa with ‘intermediate' or ‘pliosauromorph' body proportions. Leptocleidids have often been interpreted as basal members of Pliosauroidea, and their presence in marginal marine and even freshwater facies has led to suggestions that they might represent late-surviving relicts, perhaps related to the Lower Jurassic rhomaleosaurids. We describe a new… Expand
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