The first three-dimensional fossils of Cretaceous sclerorhynchid sawfish: Asflapristis cristadentis gen. et sp. nov., and implications for the phylogenetic relations of the Sclerorhynchoidei (Chondrichthyes)

@article{VillalobosSegura2019TheFT,
  title={The first three-dimensional fossils of Cretaceous sclerorhynchid sawfish: Asflapristis cristadentis gen. et sp. nov., and implications for the phylogenetic relations of the Sclerorhynchoidei (Chondrichthyes)},
  author={Eduardo Villalobos‐Segura and Charlie J. Underwood and David J Ward and Kerin M. Claeson},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  year={2019},
  volume={17},
  pages={1847 - 1870}
}
A new fossil batoid (ray), Asflapristis cristadentis gen. et sp. nov., is described from six exceptionally well-preserved, three-dimensional skeletal remains from the Turonian (Late Cretaceous) of Morocco. Mechanical and acid preparation and computed tomographic scanning of these specimens reveal details of much of the proximal skeleton, especially the skull, synarcual and pectoral skeleton, with only the more distal parts of the skeleton missing. These fossils represent a relatively large… 

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