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Nothosaurus zhangi

Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Nothosauridae

Taxonomy
Nothosaurus zhangi was named by Liu et al. (2014) [A gigantic species of Nothosauria whose size approached or slightly exceeded that of Nothosaurus giganteus, the largest known Triassic sauropterygian. The new species differs from N. giganteus by the presence of a short mandibular symphysis, a relatively higher neural spine, a distinct medial expansion of the prearticular (autapomorphy among Sauropterygia), and a distinctly short retroarticular process (autapomorphy among Nothosauria).]. Its type specimen is LPV 20167, a partial skeleton (a complete lower jaw associated with partial postcranial skeleton), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Nothosaurus zhangi-type locality, which is in a Pelsonian marine horizon in the Guanling Formation of China.

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Synonymy list
YearName and author
2014Nothosaurus zhangi Liu et al.

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
RankNameAuthor
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
orderSauropterygia
orderEosauropterygia
familyNothosauridaeBaur 1889
genusNothosaurusMünster 1834
specieszhangi

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