Gobiderma

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Gobiderma
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Lepidosauria
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Scleroglossa
Infraorder: Anguimorpha
Superfamily: Helodermatoidea
Genus: Gobiderma
Borsuk-Białynicka, 1984
Type species
Gobiderma pulchrum
Borsuk-Białynicka, 1984

Gobiderma is an extinct genus of Late Cretaceous lizard whose fossils are known from the Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia. It was first discovered as a result of a joint Polish-Mongolian Paleontological Expedition, and formally named in 1984. In life, it probably resembled lizards of the genus Heloderma to a large degree, though its skull was more elongated than lizards of that genus.[citation needed]

Sources[edit]

  • Dragons in the Dust: The Paleobiology of the Giant Monitor Lizard Megalania by Ralph E. Molnar (page 91) ISBN 978-0253343741
  • In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods by Nicholas C. Fraser and Hans-Dieter Sues (page 30) ISBN 978-0521458993
  • The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia by Michael J. Benton, Mikhail A. Shishkin, David M. Unwin, and Evgenii N. Kurochkin (page 381) ISBN 978-0521545822
  • Cretaceous Environments of Asia (Developments in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy) by N.-J. Mateer (page 59) ISBN 978-0444502766