Attenborosaurus

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Attenborosaurus
Temporal range: Early Jurassic, 196.5–189.6 Ma
Attenborosaurus conybearei 2.JPG
Cast of the holotype fossil, Natural History Museum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Family: Pliosauridae
Genus: Attenborosaurus
Bakker, 1993
Species: A. conybeari
Binomial name
Attenborosaurus conybeari
(Sollas, 1881)

Attenborosaurus is an extinct genus of pliosaurid from the Early Jurassic of Dorset, England. The type species is A. conybeari. The genus is named after David Attenborough, the species after William Conybeare.[1]

Classification[edit]

Life restoration of A. conybeari
Life restoration with Asteroceras obtusum

The following cladogram follows an analysis by Benson & Druckenmiller (2014).[2]

 Plesiosauria 

Stratesaurus

Eoplesiosaurus

Plesiosauroidea

Rhomaleosauridae

Pliosauridae

Thalassiodracon

Hauffiosaurus

Attenborosaurus

Marmornectes

Thalassophonea

Peloneustes

"Pliosaurus" andrewsi

Simolestes

Liopleurodon

"Liopleurodon" rossicus

Pliosaurus

Gallardosaurus

Brachauchenius

Kronosaurus

Megacephalosaurus

References[edit]

  1. ^ W. J. Sollas. 1881. On a new species of Plesiosaurus (P. Conybeari) from the Lower Lias of Charmouth; with observations on P megacephalus, Stutchbury, and P. brachycephalus, Owen. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 37:440-480
  2. ^ Benson, R. B. J.; Druckenmiller, P. S. (2013). "Faunal turnover of marine tetrapods during the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition". Biological Reviews. 89: 1–23. doi:10.1111/brv.12038. PMID 23581455.

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