Short-necked Triassic marine reptile discovered

This is the holotype of Eohupehsuchus brevicollis, WGSC V26003.

new species of short-necked marine reptile from the Triassic menses has been discovered inward China, according to a report published Dec 17, 2014 inward the open-access magazine PLOS ONE yesteryear Xiao-hong Chen from Wuhan Centre of mainland People’s Republic of China Geological Survey in addition to colleagues.

Hupehsuchia is a grouping of mysterious Triassic marine reptiles which have, in addition to thence far, alone been institute inward ii counties inward Hubei Province, China. The grouping is known yesteryear its modestly long neck, amongst nine to 10 cervical vertebrae, only the authors of this report of late discovered a novel species of Hupehsuchia that may demo for the origin fourth dimension a species amongst a brusk cervix (six cervical vertebrae), which they named Eohupehsuchus brevicollis.
The left forelimb of this specimen is incomplete, ending amongst broken digits. Scientists suspect the breakage occurred pre-burial, maybe the final result of a predator attack.
In improver to the brusk neck, the skull shape, amongst narrow brow in addition to parietal bones on the plough over of the caput shifted back, are distinct in addition to farther back upward the bespeak to mention a novel species.
Analysis of related species led the researchers to believe that this novel species forms the sis taxon of Hupehsuchidae.

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