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[dinosaur] New long-necked diapsid from Middle Triassic of China




Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


A new paper that evidently names a new taxon (genus and species). Unfortunately, the name is not mentioned in the abstract. I can't access this online pre-print paper and have not found mention of the new name on the internet.  Thanks in advance to anybody who can supply the name and add it to the subject line.




Chun Li, Nicholas C. Fraser, Olivier Rieppel, Li-Jun Zhao & Li-Ting Wang (2017)
A new diapsid from the Middle Triassic of southern China.
Journal of Palaeontology (advance online publication)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/jpa.2017.12
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-paleontology/article/new-diapsid-from-the-middle-triassic-of-southern-china/856F9F54B5A63FE0B98D249753865673


The Middle and early Late Triassic of southern China is well known for a remarkable diversity of marine vertebrates, particularly reptiles, including an abundance of intriguing new forms (e.g., Jiang et al., 2005; Hu et al., 2011; Li et al., 2016). Here we describe a new diapsid from Yunnan Province. It possesses an elongate neck that exhibits a remarkable similarity to that of many Protorosauria, yet in other respects the skull and postcranium are much less derived.

The new taxon is part of the so-called Panxian-Luoping Fauna and the deposits correspond to the Upper Member of the Guanling Formation, comprising thin to medium bedded, gray to dark-gray laminated marly limestone and limestone, with several layers of bentonite intercalated in the fossil level at Panxian (Wan, 2002; Motani et al., 2008; Jiang et al., 2009). Their age is Pelsonian (middle Anisian, Middle Triassic) as is indicated by the conodont Nicoraella kockeli Zone (Sun et al., 2006; Zhang et al., 2009). A recent U-Pb study indicates the absolute age of these middle Anisian beds to be close to 244 Ma (Wang et al., 2014).


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