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Plesiosaurs in Blesa Formation from Cretaceous of Spain

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

Jara Parrilla-Bel & José Ignacio Canudo (2015)
On the presence of plesiosaurs in the Blesa Formation (Barremian) in
Teruel (Spain) .
Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen 278(2): 213-227
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/njgpa/2015/0526

We describe the first plesiosaurian remains of Barremian age from the
Iberian Peninsula. The fossils come from several sites in the Blesa
Formation in Teruel (Spain). The recovered material consists of two
teeth and nine vertebrae (four cervical, one pectoral, one dorsal, one
sacral and two caudal), collected from levels associated with oyster
packstone, related to coastal environments. These fossils show the
presence of at least one plesiosaurian taxon in the Barremian Iberian
coasts. They are the oldest remains described for the Cretaceous of
the Iberian Peninsula. Early Cretaceous plesiosaurs are scarce
worldwide. Therefore this discovery is of great interest in
establishing the Blesa Formation as one of the few sites where
Barremian plesiosaur fossils have been found.