A new aquatic pythonomorph (Reptilia, Squamata) from the Turonian (Late Cretaceous) of France

Alexandra HOUSSAYE

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 9 (1-2) - Pages 39-45

Published on 31 March 2010

Disarticulated vertebrae from the Turonian of France display a distinctive suite of characters and probably represent a new pythonomorph. This taxon displays some degree of vertebral pachyostosis s.s., often observed in varanoid squamates from the Cenomanian-Turonian interval of the ‘Mediterranean’ portion of the Tethys. The discovery of this new material highlights the importance of also describing possibly new taxa based on isolated remains.


Turonian, Squamata, Pythonomorpha, Pachyostosis s.s., France, Isolated remains

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