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Wiman’s forgotten plesiosaurs: the earliest recorded sauropterygian fossils from the High Arctic
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
Museum für Naturkunde.
2011 (English)In: The 2nd Wiman Meeting: Carl Wimans legacy: 100 years of Swedish Palaeontology. / [ed] Benjamin P. Kear and Michael Streng, 2011, 13- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The first detailed reports of sauropterygian remains from the Arctic island of Spitsbergen (Svalbard Archipelago) were published as short notes in 1914 and 1916 by the prolific Swedish palaeontologist Carl Wiman. Since then, his original specimens have languished in obscurity despite recent discoveries renewing interest in the Scandinavian, Russian, and Canadian polar regions as highly significant sources of Mesozoic marine reptile fossils. A reassessment of Wiman's Spitsbergen collection housed in the Palaeontological Museum at Uppsala University (Sweden) has identified a pistosaurid vertebral centrum from Upper Triassic (Carnian) sediments in the Tschermakfjellet Formation, and plesiosaurian elements including a previously undocumented partial skeleton probably derived from the restricted Upper Jurassic (Tithonian) bone bed horizon of the Slottsmøya Member, Agardhfjellet Formation. Although fragmentary, Wiman's sauropterygian fossils are historically important and represent some of only a handful of occurrences thus far described from the Mesozoic boreal high-latitude region of Europe.

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2011. 13- p.
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Earth Science with specialization in Historical Geology and Palaeontology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166588DiVA: diva2:476922
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The 2nd Wiman Meeting on Scandinavian-Baltic Palaeontology, Uppsala, 27-29 nov 2011
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2013-10-22Bibliographically approved

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