Meyerasaurus


Genus

Meyerasaurus

Author

Smith and Vincent, 2010

Classification

Sauropterygia
Eosauropterygia
Eusauropterygia
Pistosauroidea
Pistosauria
Plesiosauria
Rhomaleosauridae

Age

Toarcian, Early Jurassic

Location

Holzmaden, Germany

Type species

M. victor

Other species

None

Referred material

To compile

M. victor was originally described and figured by Fraas (1910). Historically, M. victor has been regarded as a species of Rhomaleosaurus and is often associated in the literature under the defunct name ‘Thaumatosaurus’. Smith and Vincent (2010) identified M. victor as generically distinct from Rhomaleosaurus and erected the new name Meyerasaurus for it (Smith and Dyke, 2008).

The holotype specimen, SMNS 12478, is a complete articulated skeleton from the Posidonien-Schiefer, Holzmaden, Germany.