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Westphaliasaurus, new Lower Jurassic plesiosaur from Germany



From: Ben Creisler
bh480@scn.org

German sources have been buzzing about this plesiosaur find for a time, but
Westphaliasaurus is now officially published:

Schwermann, Leonie & Sander, P. Martin (2011)
Osteologie und Phylogenie von Westphaliasaurus simonsensii: Ein neuer
Plesiosauride (Sauropterygia) aus dem Unteren Jura (Pliensbachium) von
Sommersell (Kreis Höxter), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland.[Osteology and
Phylogeny of Westphaliasaurus simonsensii, a new plesiosaurid
(Sauropterygia) from the Lower Jurassic  (Pliensbachian) of Sommersell
(Kreis Höxter), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.]
Geologie und Paläontologie in Westfalen (March 2011) 79: 56 pgs 

Unfortunately, I do not have the abstract.

>From other sources, the specimen is missing the head and about 38 percent
of the upper neck vertebrae, but is otherwise nearly complete and
articulated. The animal is estimated to have been about 4.5 m long. The
generic name is from Westphalia, the latinized name for Westfalen; the
specific name honors Sönke Simonsen, the amateur paleontologist who made
the find in 2007 at age19.


photo of prepared specimen
http://derstandard.at/1303291459664/Westphaliasaurus-simonsensii-Der-Fund-ei
nes-Lebens?sap=2&_slideNumber=9&_seite=

reconstruction
http://derstandard.at/1303291459664/Westphaliasaurus-simonsensii-Der-Fund-ei
nes-Lebens?sap=2&_slideNumber=12&_seite=

News articles in German:
http://derstandard.at/1303291478880/Hic-sunt-dracones-Im-heutigen-Westfalen-
gab-es-Plesiosaurier
http://www.wa.de/nachrichten/kultur-nrw/fundgeschichten-westfaelischen-lande
smuseum-herne-1207269.html

Some earlier info in English can be found at http://www.plesiosauria.com

http://www.plesiosauria.com/news/index.php/category/new-discovery/


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