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Annotated catalogue of marine squamates (Reptilia) from the Upper Cretaceous of northeastern Mexico

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 April 2016

M.-C. Buchy*
Affiliation:
Universität Karlsruhe, Geologisches Institut, Postfach 6980, D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany; current address: Geowissenschaftliche Abteilung, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Erbprinzenstrasse 13, D-76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
K.T. Smith
Affiliation:
Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, P.O. Box 208109, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8109, USA
E. Frey
Affiliation:
Geowissenschaftliche Abteilung, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Erbprinzenstrasse 13, D-76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
W. Stinnesbeck
Affiliation:
Universität Karlsruhe, Geologisches Institut, Postfach 6980, D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
A.H. González González
Affiliation:
Museo del Desierto, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico
C. Ifrim
Affiliation:
Universität Karlsruhe, Geologisches Institut, Postfach 6980, D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
J.G. López-Oliva
Affiliation:
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias de la Tierra, Linares, Nuevo León, Mexico
H. Porras-Muzquiz
Affiliation:
Museo Historico de Múzquiz, Múzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico
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* Corresponding author. Email: buchy@smnk.de
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Recent work in the Upper Cretaceous of northeastern Mexico has produced a diversity of vertebrate remains. For specimens referable to Squamata, both old and new, an annotated catalogue is here provided, wherein are summarised the geological context and morphological features of each specimen. All specimens appear to represent marine squamates, including an aigialosaur-like reptile preserving integumentary structures, several vertebrae possibly representing mosasauroids, the first Mexican mosasaur known from significant cranial material, an isolated mosasaur mandibular fragment, and the holotype of Amphekepubis johnsoni (considered to belong to Mosasaurus). These discoveries are auspicious and should deepen our understanding of palaeobiogeographic and evolutionary patterns

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