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Discovery of the first ichthyosaur from the Jurassic of India: Implications for Gondwanan palaeobiogeography

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  • An articulated and partially preserved skeleton of an ichthyosaur was found in the Upper Jurassic (Upper Kimmeridgian) Katrol Formation exposed at a site south of the village Lodai in Kachchh district, Gujarat (western India). Here we present a detailed description and inferred taxonomic relationship of the specimen. The present study revealed that the articulated skeleton belongs to the family Ophthalmosauridae. The new discovery from India further improves the depauperate fossil record of ichthyosaurs from the former Gondwanan continents. Based on the preserved length of the axial skeleton and anterior part of the snout and taking into account the missing parts of the skull andAn articulated and partially preserved skeleton of an ichthyosaur was found in the Upper Jurassic (Upper Kimmeridgian) Katrol Formation exposed at a site south of the village Lodai in Kachchh district, Gujarat (western India). Here we present a detailed description and inferred taxonomic relationship of the specimen. The present study revealed that the articulated skeleton belongs to the family Ophthalmosauridae. The new discovery from India further improves the depauperate fossil record of ichthyosaurs from the former Gondwanan continents. Based on the preserved length of the axial skeleton and anterior part of the snout and taking into account the missing parts of the skull and postflexural region, it is suggested that the specimen may represent an adult possibly reaching a length of 5.0–5.5 m. The widespread occurrence of ophthalmosaurids in the Upper Jurassic deposits of western Tethys, Madagascar, South America and India points to possible faunal exchanges between the western Tethys and Gondwanan continents through a southern seaway.show moreshow less

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Author:Guntupalli V. R. Prasad, Dhirendra K. Pandey, Matthias Alberti, Franz T. Fürsich, Mahesh G. Thakkar, Gaurav D. Chauhan
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:29-opus4-90276
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185851
Title of the journal / compilation (English):PLoS ONE
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2017
Embargo Date:2017/12/04
Publishing Institution:Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
Release Date:2017/12/19
Tag:Humerus; Ichthyosauria; Jurassic period; Phalanges; Ribs; Skeleton; Teeth; Vertebrae
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Volume:12
Issue:10
Original publication:PLoS ONE 12.10 (2017). <http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185851>
Institutes:Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 550 Geowissenschaften
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
Collections:Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Open Access Artikel ohne Förderung / Open Access Artikel ohne Förderung 2017
Licence (German):Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International