, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 567-572
Date: 12 Oct 2010

On a typical Jurassic sauropterygian from the Upper Triassic of Wilczek Land (Franz Josef Land, Arctic Russia)

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A new elasmosaurid genus and species, Alexeyisaurus karnoushenkoi, from the Lower-Middle Norian (Wilczek Formation) of the Upper Triassic of the island of Wilczek Land (Franz Josef Land) is described based on an incomplete skeleton. The new form combines characters of typical late plesiosaurs and structural features unique to this form. It is probably the earliest representative of typical late sauropterygians (plesiosaurs).

Dedicated to the memory of Aleksei Savvich Arkhangelsky
Original Russian Text © A.G. Sennikov, M.S. Arkhangelsky, 2010, published in Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal, 2010, No. 5, pp. 84–89.