Occitanosaurus


Genus

Occitanosaurus

Author

Sciau, Crochet and Mattei, 1990

Classification

Sauropterygia
Eosauropterygia
Eusauropterygia
Pistosauroidea
Pistosauria
Plesiosauria
Plesiosauroidea
Microcleididae

Age

Late Toarcian, Early Jurassic

Location

Tournemire, Aveyron Department, southern France

Type species

O. tournemirensis

Other species

None

Referred material

None

Occitanosaurus was described by Sciau et al. (1990) and Bardet et al. (1999). The genus name was erected for Plesiosaurus’ tournemirensis by Bardet et al. (1999). The taxon was originally regarded as an early elasmosaurid but is now considered a member of Microcleididae. Occitanosaurus was approximately 3.9 meters long.

The type material: MMM J. T. 86-100, Musée Municipal de Millau, Aveyron, as a nearly complete skeleton including the skull, complete vertebral series with atlas-axis and associated ribs to the sacrum, complete pectoral and pelvic girdles, right forelimb and both hind limbs.