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A new fossil lizard (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Lower Cretaceous of eastern Inner Mongolia, China

Dong, Liping; Wang, Yuan; Evans, Susan E; (2023) A new fossil lizard (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Lower Cretaceous of eastern Inner Mongolia, China. Cretaceous Research , 141 , Article 105363. 10.1016/j.cretres.2022.105363. Green open access

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Abstract

We report a new genus and species of fossil lizard, Moqisaurus pulchrum gen. et sp. nov., from the Early Cretaceous Moqi Fauna of eastern Inner Mongolia, China. The new lizard differs from other Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous taxa in the combination of an interdigitated frontoparietal suture, paired frontals and parietals, absence of angular process on mandible, and relatively short limbs. Phylogenetic analyses based on morphological characters placed Moqisaurus pulchrum at the base of Squamata when constrained by a molecular backbone. It most closely resembles Liushusaurus from the Jehol Biota, suggesting a possible relationship between those two biotas. The well-preserved pectoral girdle in the new lizard provides the earliest fossil record of a mesosternal fontanelle. Considering the recovered basal position of the new taxon, the presence of a mesosternal fontanelle implies that the fusion of the paired mesosternal rods occurred early in squamate evolution.

Type: Article
Title: A new fossil lizard (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Lower Cretaceous of eastern Inner Mongolia, China
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2022.105363
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2022.105363
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Early Cretaceous, lizard, China, Moqi Fauna, Jehol Biota, pectoral girdle
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10173780
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