Large Cretaceous sphenodontian from Patagonia provides insight into lepidosaur evolution in Gondwana

@article{Apestegua2003LargeCS,
  title={Large Cretaceous sphenodontian from Patagonia provides insight into lepidosaur evolution in Gondwana},
  author={S. Apestegu{\'i}a and F. Novas},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={425},
  pages={609-612}
}
  • S. Apesteguía, F. Novas
  • Published 2003
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Sphenodontian reptiles successfully radiated during Triassic and Jurassic times, but were driven almost to extinction during the Cretaceous period. The sparse Early Cretaceous record of sphenodontians has been interpreted as reflecting the decline of the group in favour of lizards, their suspected ecological successors. However, recent discoveries in Late Cretaceous beds in Patagonia partially modify this interpretation. Numerous skeletons of a new sphenodontian, Priosphenodon avelasi gen. et… CONTINUE READING
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