Speaker Series 2017: Sharing Under the Cretaceous Sea: Global Distribution Achieved by Halisaurine Mosasaurs Explained by a New Discovery from Japan

Mosasaurs were large, flipper-bearing swimming lizards from the age of the last dinosaurs, about 100–66 million years ago. Typically reaching the size of a pickup truck in length—and some nearly twice as long—over 70 mosasaur species are reported today based on the fossils collected from all over the world. Out of this highly diverse assemblage, … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: Sharing Under the Cretaceous Sea: Global Distribution Achieved by Halisaurine Mosasaurs Explained by a New Discovery from Japan

Sclerotic Rings in Mosasaurs (Squamata: Mosasauridae): Structures and Taxonomic Diversity

A new paper released in the PLOS One journal describes sclerotic rings in mosasaurs. Mosasaurs (Squamata: Mosasauridae) were a highly diverse, globally distributed group of aquatic lizards in the Late Cretaceous (98–66 million years ago) that exhibited a high degree of adaptation to life in water. To date, despite their rich fossil record, the anatomy … Continue reading Sclerotic Rings in Mosasaurs (Squamata: Mosasauridae): Structures and Taxonomic Diversity

First evidence of stomach contents in Mosasaurus missouriensis

New paper published on the marine reptile Mosasaurus missouriensis preserved with first evidence of stomach contents July 11, 2014 The July 2014 issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology publishes the culmination of several years of research by Dr. Takuya Konishi, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. The paper discusses a Mosasaurus … Continue reading First evidence of stomach contents in Mosasaurus missouriensis