Saturday, 23 November 2013

Mesosaurus tenuidens

This freshwater aquatic fish-eating reptile was found both in South Africa and Eastern South America, providing evidence for continental drift.

Mesosaurus tenuidens
Gervais, 1865
Meaning of generic name
Middle lizard
Length: 1 m
Complete skeletons
Age and Distribution
Whitehill Formation, South Africa; Irati Formation, Brazil (latest Sakmarian)
Anapsida Mesosauridae
Further Reading
Modesto, S. M., 2006, The cranial skeleton of the Early Permian aquatic reptile Mesosaurus tenuidens: implications for relationships and palaeobiology. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 146 (3): 345-368.
Mesosaurus brasiliensis
Synonyms from following link:
Mesosaurus tenuidens Gervais 1864-66
= Mesosaurus brasiliensis McGregor, 1908
= Ditrochosaurus capensis Gurich, 1889
= Mesosaurus capensis (Gurich, 1889)
Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
Mesosaurus tenuidens:

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