a new elasmosaurid plesiosaur from the Lower Jurassic of southern France

  title={a new elasmosaurid plesiosaur from the Lower Jurassic of southern France},
  author={N. Bardet and P. Godefroit and J. Sciau},
  • N. Bardet, P. Godefroit, J. Sciau
  • Published 1999
  • Geology
  • Palaeontology
  • Plesiosaurus tournemirensis Sciau, Crochet and Mattei, based on a nearly complete skeleton with skull from the Upper Toarcian (Lower Jurassic) of Tournemire (Aveyron Department, southern France), is here redescribed and reinterpreted. Comparisons with other plesiosaurs indicate that it belongs to a new genus, Occitanosaurus. O. tournemirensis is characterized mainly by its spatulate premaxillae with short facial process, very high postorbital broadly contacting posterior ramus of the maxilla… CONTINUE READING
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