Monday, April 30, 2012

[Paleontology • 1942/2008] Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis • An Early Cretaceous spinosaur theropod from southern China

Teeth from the Early Cretaceous Napai Formation of Fusui County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (South China), initially described as the sauropterygian Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis, are redescribed as belonging to a spinosaurid theropod closely allied to Siamosaurus suteethorni, from the Early Cretaceous of Thailand. This identification extends to China the geographical range of Asian spinosaurs, previously reported from Thailand and Japan.

Indeterminate Spinosauridae
"Sinopliosaurus" fusuiensis Young, 1942 
Buffetaut, E.; Suteethorn, V.; Tong, H.; and Amiot, R. (2008). "An Early Cretaceous spinosaur theropod from southern China". Geological Magazine 145 (5): 745–748. doi:10.1017/S0016756808005360.