Giant Pliosaur (Reptilia; Sauropterygia) from the Late Jurassic of Kazakhstan and Some Remarks on the Systematics of Pliosauridae

Dmitry V. Malakhov


The partially preserved specimen of a giant pliosaur from the Tithonian of Kazakhstan is described. It is the only Jurassic pliosaur currently known from the Central Asia. The diagnostic value of some vertebral characters in Pliosauridae systematics is discussed.


Pliosauridae; Liopleurodon; vertebral column; systematics

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