Discovery of the first ichthyosaur from the Jurassic of India: Implications for Gondwanan palaeobiogeography

dc.contributor.authorPrasad, Guntupalli V. R.
dc.contributor.authorPandey, Dhirendra K.
dc.contributor.authorAlberti, Matthias
dc.contributor.authorFürsich, Franz T.
dc.contributor.authorThakkar, Mahesh G.
dc.contributor.authorChauhan, Gaurav D.
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-19
dc.date.available2017-12-04
dc.date.created2017
dc.date.issued2017-12-19
dc.description.abstractAn articulated and partially preserved skeleton of an ichthyosaur was found in the Upper Jurassic (Upper Kimmeridgian) Katrol Formation exposed at a site south of the village Lodai in Kachchh district, Gujarat (western India). Here we present a detailed description and inferred taxonomic relationship of the specimen. The present study revealed that the articulated skeleton belongs to the family Ophthalmosauridae. The new discovery from India further improves the depauperate fossil record of ichthyosaurs from the former Gondwanan continents. Based on the preserved length of the axial skeleton and anterior part of the snout and taking into account the missing parts of the skull and postflexural region, it is suggested that the specimen may represent an adult possibly reaching a length of 5.0–5.5 m. The widespread occurrence of ophthalmosaurids in the Upper Jurassic deposits of western Tethys, Madagascar, South America and India points to possible faunal exchanges between the western Tethys and Gondwanan continents through a southern seaway.en
dc.identifier.citationPLoS ONE 12.10 (2017). <http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185851>
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185851
dc.identifier.opus-id9027
dc.identifier.urihttps://open.fau.de/handle/openfau/9027
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:bvb:29-opus4-90276
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.de
dc.subjectIchthyosauria
dc.subjectTeeth
dc.subjectJurassic period
dc.subjectVertebrae
dc.subjectHumerus
dc.subjectSkeleton
dc.subjectRibs
dc.subjectPhalanges
dc.subject.ddcDDC Classification::5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik :: 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie :: 550 Geowissenschaften
dc.titleDiscovery of the first ichthyosaur from the Jurassic of India: Implications for Gondwanan palaeobiogeographyen
dc.typearticle
dcterms.publisherFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
local.journal.issue10
local.journal.titlePLoS ONE
local.journal.volume12
local.sendToDnbfree*
local.subject.fakultaetNaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
local.subject.gnd-
local.subject.sammlungUniversität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Open Access Artikel ohne Förderung / Open Access Artikel ohne Förderung 2017
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