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Filling the ‘Corallian Gap’: re-description of a metriorhynchid crocodylomorph from the Oxfordian (Late Jurassic) of Headington, England

Filling the ‘Corallian Gap’: re-description of a metriorhynchid crocodylomorph from the Oxfordian (Late Jurassic) of Headington, England
Filling the ‘Corallian Gap’: re-description of a metriorhynchid crocodylomorph from the Oxfordian (Late Jurassic) of Headington, England
Re-description of a long-known, but little studied, metriorhynchid crocodylomorph from the Oxfordian of England begins to help fill the ‘Corallian Gap’. This ‘Gap’ represents a paucity of vertebrate remains from the Oxfordian of England. Filling the ‘Corallian Gap’ has important implications for our understanding of metriorhynchids from England, especially as there was a shift in this ecosystem from being metriorhynchine dominated in the older Oxford Clay Formation, to a geosaurine-dominated fauna in the younger Kimmeridge Clay Formation. The re-description of the specimen reveals that it is a member of the derived subclade Geosaurini, which most likely pertains to the genus Torvoneustes.
Crocodylomorpha, Corallian Gap, Geosaurini, Metriorhynchidae, Oxfordian, Torvoneustes
0891-2963
80-90
Young, Mark T.
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Young, Mark T.
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Young, Mark T. (2014) Filling the ‘Corallian Gap’: re-description of a metriorhynchid crocodylomorph from the Oxfordian (Late Jurassic) of Headington, England. Historical Biology, 26 (1), 80-90. (doi:10.1080/08912963.2012.760559).

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Abstract

Re-description of a long-known, but little studied, metriorhynchid crocodylomorph from the Oxfordian of England begins to help fill the ‘Corallian Gap’. This ‘Gap’ represents a paucity of vertebrate remains from the Oxfordian of England. Filling the ‘Corallian Gap’ has important implications for our understanding of metriorhynchids from England, especially as there was a shift in this ecosystem from being metriorhynchine dominated in the older Oxford Clay Formation, to a geosaurine-dominated fauna in the younger Kimmeridge Clay Formation. The re-description of the specimen reveals that it is a member of the derived subclade Geosaurini, which most likely pertains to the genus Torvoneustes.

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Published date: 2014
Keywords: Crocodylomorpha, Corallian Gap, Geosaurini, Metriorhynchidae, Oxfordian, Torvoneustes
Organisations: Ocean and Earth Science

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Local EPrints ID: 361857
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/361857
ISSN: 0891-2963
PURE UUID: 4e85a33c-38c9-47d4-a75b-e579f44ddf31

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Date deposited: 04 Feb 2014 15:58
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:12

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