Osteology and Functional Morphology of the Axial Postcranium of the Marine Sloth Thalassocnus (Mammalia, Tardigrada) with Paleobiological Implications

  title={Osteology and Functional Morphology of the Axial Postcranium of the Marine Sloth Thalassocnus (Mammalia, Tardigrada) with Paleobiological Implications},
  author={Eli Amson and Christine Argot and H. Gregory McDonald and Christian de Muizon},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
  • E. Amson, C. Argot, C. Muizon
  • Published 14 February 2015
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Journal of Mammalian Evolution
The gross morphology of the axial postcranium of Thalassocnus is presented here, completing the description of the skeleton of the genus. Thalassocnus is characterized by a low spinous process on C7, a cranially shifted position of the diaphragmatic vertebra, a great number of caudal vertebrae, the morphology of their transverse processes, and the conservation of the craniocaudal length of their centra up to Ca19. Additionally, the late species of Thalassocnus feature cranial articular surfaces… 

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