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Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Elasmosauridae
If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.
|T. Sato 2003||An elasmosaurid plesiosaur sensu Brown (1993). The characters unique to this taxon are the nine teeth on the premaxillae (see description for discussion on potential individual variation), and the high and pointed coronoid process. The following features are not unique to this taxon, but can be used to distinguish it from other elasmosaurs (see DISCUSSION): closure of the pineal foramen, single-headed ribs, a deep ventral notch in the anterior cervical centra, the presence of the lateral longitudinal ridge in the anterior cervicals only, the dorsal end of the ilium fan-shaped, the anterolateral process of the pubis, the humerus without the posterior expansion above the ulna, the slender femur that is longer than the humerus, the short epipodials, the three distal tarsals, and a fifth metapodial that is proximally shifted|