Category «Rhomaleosaurus»

Whatever happened to ‘Thaumatosaurus’ – the wonder reptile?

This article might be considered a bit of a cheat, as it’s mostly lifted from a section of my recent paper describing¬†the new genus Meyerasaurus, formerly¬†‘Thaumatosaurus’/Rhomaleosaurus victor (Smith and Vincent, 2010). But I think the topic is interesting and might be appreciated by a wider audience. Especially those who think, as I do, that the …

Recent plesiosaur papers – a round up

So far, 2008 has seen a healthy number of new papers on plesiosaurs and a few new taxa too. Way back in February, Druckenmiller and Russell (2008a) introduced Nichollsia borealis, a plesiosaur of uncertain affinity, based on a beautifully preserved specimen from Alberta, Canada. More recently, Druckenmiller and Russell (2008b) published a large scale cladistic …

Dublin plesiosaur on the move

South Dublin City, 6.30am, Thursday the 10th of August – I clamber into the passenger seat of a 4X4 – destination London. My travelling companions are Colin in the drivers seat, and two suspiciously large boxes- a monster lurks inside – the skull of the Dublin plesiosaur. The plan is to transport the fossil plesiosaur …