|Life restoration of Pleurosaurus goldfussi|
Pleurosauridae is a family of extinct marine diapsid reptiles belonging to the group Sphenodontia. Fossils from this family have been discovered in Bavaria, Germany from the Toarcian (Early Jurassic) and Tithonian (Late Jurassic). Pleurosaurs became gradually adapted to an aquatic lifestyle, with the semi-aquatic Palaeopleurosaurus being less specialised than the fully marine Pleurosaurus. At least the former appears to have had a much more reduced lifespan compared to the modern tuatara.
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- Klein, N.; Scheyer, T.M. (2017). "Microanatomy and life history in Palaeopleurosaurus (Rhynchocephalia: Pleurosauridae) from the Early Jurassic of Germany". The Science of Nature. 104 (4). doi:10.1007/s00114-016-1427-3.
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