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21 September 2013 A Long-Snouted Protorosaur from the Middle Triassic of Southern China
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A new protorosaur is described on the basis of a single specimen from the Ladinian of southern China. Although it has been greatly crushed, it still preserves clear details of the skull and axial skeleton. It possesses a neck that is longer than the trunk and is similar to tanystropheids in having 12 or 13 cervicals. Unusual among protorosaurs, the new form has an elongate snout. It also lacks a clear thyroid fenestra, although there is a slight separation of the pubis and ischium close to the pubic symphysis. The new form adds to the growing diversity and disparity of protorosaur taxa from the Middle Triassic of southern China.

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Nicholas c. Fraser, Olivier Rieppel, and Li Chun "A Long-Snouted Protorosaur from the Middle Triassic of Southern China," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(5), 1120-1126, (21 September 2013). https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2013.764310
Received: 21 December 2012; Accepted: 4 January 2013; Published: 21 September 2013
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