Two new species of polycotylid plesiosaurs

The second paper in the two-part report on by Albright et al. on plesiosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous Tropic Shale of southern Utah (Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Volume 27(1) p. 41-58), introduces two new genera and species of polycotylid plesiosaur and contributes to the systematics of polycotylid plesiosaurs. The first new genus and species, Palmula …

Two new plesiosaur species and new data on Brachauchenius

The most recent Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology (Volume 27(1)) contains three new plesiosaur papers. A short communication by Ben Kear (p. 241-246) clarifies the taxonomy of what has become a very confusing taxon – Eromangasaurus. The confusion originated because two separate researchers (Ben Kear and Sven Sachs) published separate descriptions and names for the same specimen, …

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 …