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The first lizard fossil (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Mesozoic of South Korea

Park, J-Y; Evans, SE; Huh, M; (2015) The first lizard fossil (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Mesozoic of South Korea. Cretaceous Research , 55 (July) pp. 292-302. 10.1016/j.cretres.2015.03.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Upper Cretaceous deposits in Mongolia, Chinese Inner Mongolia, and, more recently, southern China, have yielded individually rich and taxonomically diverser lizard assemblages. Here we describe the remains of a new terrestrial lizard, Asprosaurus bibongriensis gen. et sp. nov., from the Upper Cretaceous of South Korea. It represents the first record of a Mesozoic lizard from the Korean Peninsula and, although incomplete, is exceptional in its very large size. Characters of the mandible support attribution to crown-group Anguimorpha, with the closest similarities being to monstersaurs, the group represented today by the venomous North American Beaded lizard and Gila monster, genus Heloderma. This group is well-represented in the Upper Cretaceous fossil record in of eastern Asia, and the remains of large monstersaurs have been recovered from several dinosaur egg localities, suggesting dietary preferences similar to those of the living genus. The new Korean lizard, recovered from the Boseong Bibong-ri Dinosaur Egg Site, fits the same pattern.

Type: Article
Title: The first lizard fossil (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Mesozoic of South Korea
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2015.03.001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2015.03.001
Language: English
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Keywords: Anguimorpha, Dinosaur eggs, Late Cretaceous, Lizard, Monstersauria, Squamata
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/1469877
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