Wapuskanectes

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Wapuskanectes
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, 112Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Superfamily: Plesiosauroidea
Family: Elasmosauridae
Genus: Wapuskanectes
Druckenmiller & Russell, 2006
Species: † W. betsynichollsae
Binomial name
Wapuskanectes betsynichollsae
Druckenmiller & Russell, 2006

Wapuskanectes is an extinct genus of elasmosaurid known from the Alberta of Canada.[1]

Description[edit]

Wapuskanectes is known from the holotype TMP 98.49.02, articulated partial postcranial skeleton, including an almost complete pectoral girdle. It was collected in the western side of the Syncrude Base Mine near Ft. McMurray, from the Wabiskaw Member of the Clearwater Formation, dating to the earliest Albian stage of the Early Cretaceous, about 112 million years ago. Wapuskanectes is the oldest North American elasmosaurid to date.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Wapuskanectes was first named by Patrick S. Druckenmiller and Anthony P. Russell in 2006 and the type species is Wapuskanectes betsynichollsae. The generic name is derived from Wapuska, Cree language for "a body of water with whitecaps on it" and also it is the etymology of the Wabiskaw Member, in which the holotype was found, and nectes, Greek for "swimmer". The specific name honors the late Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Nicholls, curator of marine reptiles at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, for enduring influence on research in Mesozoic marine vertebrates.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Patrick S. Druckenmiller and Anthony P. Russell (2006). "A new elasmosaurid plesiosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Lower Cretaceous Clearwater Formation, northeastern Alberta, Canada". Paludicola (Special Issue, in memory of Elizabeth "Betsy" Nicholls) 5 (4): 184–199.