A new plesiosaur of the family aristonectidae from the early cretaceous of the center of the Russian platform

  title={A new plesiosaur of the family aristonectidae from the early cretaceous of the center of the Russian platform},
  author={A. Yu. Berezin},
  journal={Paleontological Journal},
  • A. Berezin
  • Published 2 December 2011
  • Geology
  • Paleontological Journal
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