Tuarangisaurus australis sp. nov. (Plesiosauria: Elasmosauridae) from the Lower Cretaceous of northeastern Queensland, with additional notes on the phylogeny of the Elasmosauridae

Title

Tuarangisaurus australis sp. nov. (Plesiosauria: Elasmosauridae) from the Lower Cretaceous of northeastern Queensland, with additional notes on the phylogeny of the Elasmosauridae (293 KB) pdf document icon

Author/s

Sachs, S.

Citation

Sachs, S. 2005 01 10: Tuarangisaurus australis sp. nov. (Plesiosauria: Elasmosauridae) from the Lower Cretaceous of northeastern Queensland, with additional notes on the phylogeny of the Elasmosauridae. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 50(2): 425-440. Brisbane. ISSN 0079-8835.

Date published

10 January 2005

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1082/j.2204-1478.50-2.2005.2005.13 (293 KB) pdf document icon

Keywords

Plesiosauria, Elasmosauridae, Tuarangisaurus, Lower Cretaceous, Albian, Queensland

Abstract

The skull and associate cervical vertebrae of an elasmosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of northeastern Queensland are described as a new species of Tuarangisaurus, Tuarangisaurus australis. They represent the oldest record of that genus and the first secure outside New Zealand. A phylogenetic analysis based on 19 characters of the skull and cervical vertebrae is undertaken. One tree is presented, including all valid members of the Elasmosauridae for which sufficient cranial material is known. The results give an example for the interrelationship of the Elasmosauridae and show the probable position of Tuarangisaurus.