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Re: New Clevosaurus species in Late Triassic microvertebrate fissure fauna from UK (free pdf)

Ben Creisler

The new species is:

Clevosaurus sectumsemper Klein, Whiteside, Selles de Lucas, Viegas &
Benton (2015)

sectumsemper Latin for ‘always cut’, an allusion to the self-sharpening teeth

The pdf is free at this link:


On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> A new paper. Unfortunately, I currently don't have access to the text,
> so I can't supply the new Clevosaurus species name (not in the
> abstract)--maybe somebody can help.
> Catherine G. Klein, David I. Whiteside, Victor Selles de Lucas, Pedro
> A. Viegas & Michael J. Benton (2015)
> A distinctive Late Triassic microvertebrate fissure fauna and a new
> species of Clevosaurus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) from Woodleaze
> Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK.
> Proceedings of the Geologists' Association (advance online publication)
> doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.05.003
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016787815000620
> During the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic, diverse terrestrial
> vertebrates were preserved in fissures formed in Carboniferous
> Limestone on an island archipelago spanning from the south of Wales to
> the north and south of Bristol. Here we report the faunas of two new
> fissures in Woodleaze quarry, near to Tytherington quarry, where the
> vertebrate fauna is already well known. The new site extends the
> lateral distribution of fissures in this vicinity to over 900 m, and
> fissures sampled along that transect show a southerly change in the
> dominant species and a reduction in diversity. The Woodleaze fissure
> fauna is nearly monofaunal, comprising >98% of a new Clevosaurus
> species, as well as some Diphydontosaurus fragments, a possible
> undescribed lepidosaur and a few fish fossils. The new clevosaur is
> distinguished from the type species Clevosaurus hudsoni by its
> dentition, and by being smaller (average long bones are 40–80% the
> length of C. hudsoni). In addition, the collection also includes
> individual skeletal elements that were not previously well described,
> thus expanding our knowledge of clevosaur anatomy. The Woodleaze bones
> are preserved as black or dark grey, rather than white, and this
> preservation mode and single-species dominance occurs elsewhere only
> in the Windsor Hill fissure where Oligokyphus predominates. Together
> with Tytherington, this location offers an exceptional opportunity to
> study a Triassic terrestrial biota across an extended distance, and to
> compare near-littoral niches with more inland island habitats.