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Desertiguana, new lizard from Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia (+ sphenodont from Jurassic of Germany)

From: Ben Creisler

A new non-dino paper that may be of interest:

V. R. Alifanov (2013)
Desertiguana gobiensis gen. et sp. nov., a new lizard
(Phrynosomatidae, Iguanomorpha) from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia.
Paleontological Journal 47(4): 417-424
DOI: 10.1134/S0031030113040023

A new lizard, Desertiguana gobiensis gen. et sp. nov., is described
based on a left mandibular fragment from the Upper Cretaceous of
Mongolia. Comparative analysis of mandibular structures shows that it
belongs to the family Phrynosomatidae sensu Frost et Etheridge, 1988.
Some questions of relationships of this family with other Iguanomorpha
(Iguanidae sensu lato) are discussed.


Here is a news story (in German) about a newly discovered complete
specimen of a sphenodont from the Late Jurassic Solnhofen slates in
Germany. The article does not identify the genus, although is said to
be a sphenodont species that has been poorly known up to now. Click on
the photo for a somewhat better view (you can see the people much
better than the fossil).