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Fuyuansaurus, new protorosaur from Middle Triassic of China



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

In the new issue of JVP:


Nicholas C. Fraser, Olivier Rieppel & Li Chun (2013)
A long-snouted protorosaur from the Middle Triassic of southern China.
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(5): 1120-1126
DOI:10.1080/02724634.2013.764310
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2013.764310#preview



A new protorosaur is described on the basis of a single specimen from
the Ladinian of southern China. Although it has been greatly crushed,
it still preserves clear details of the skull and axial skeleton. It
possesses a neck that is longer than the trunk and is similar to
tanystropheids in having 12 or 13 cervicals. Unusual among
protorosaurs, the new form has an elongate snout. It also lacks a
clear thyroid fenestra, although there is a slight separation of the
pubis and ischium close to the pubic symphysis. The new form adds to
the growing diversity and disparity of protorosaur taxa from the
Middle Triassic of southern China.