Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 44, Issue 14, pp 1312–1316 | Cite as

Sauropterygian from Triassic of Guizhou, China



A new sauropterygian,Anshunsaurus huangguoshuensis, is described on the basis of a well-preserved skull from the Late Triassic Wayao Member of Falang Formation, Guizhou Province, southwestern China. It is ascribed to Eusauroptetrygia because it possesses the following characters: the rostrum is mainly composed by the premaxillae; the nasals are small, paired and separated from one another by the premaxillae; the external nares are close to the orbits; and the frontals are fused.Anshunsaurus differs from other Triassic sauropterygians in its large size, long rostrum and the supratemporal fenestrae slightly smaller than orbits. It is further considered to be closely related toPistosaurus on the basis of the nasals contact with the prefrontals; large pineal foramen, lain in the anterior part of the parietal table; the squamosals not in contact posterior to the supratemporal fenestra. The discovery ofAnshunsaurus with the ichthyosaurs in the same locality indicates a new assemblage of Triassic marine tetrapods in China.


Guizhou Province Late Triassic Sauropterygia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun Liu
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  1. 1.Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and PaleoanthropologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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