|The Mosasaur collections of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle of Paris|
Bardet, N. (2012). The Mosasaur collections of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle of Paris. Bull. Soc. Géol. Fr. 183(1): 35-53
In: Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France. Société Géologique de France: Paris. ISSN 0037-9409, more
Mosasauroidea; Squamata [WoRMS]; Marine
Mosasauroidea; MNHN Paris; Holotypes; Historical specimens; Europe;North America; Africa; Middle-East
Taking advantage of the venue in Paris of the Third Mosasaur Meeting (May 2010), the mosasaur collections of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) have been entirely checked and revised. The French holotypes have all been restored and most specimens kept at the MNHN have been placed in the Paleontology Gallery as part as a small exhibition organized especially for the meeting. The MNHN mosasaur collections include specimens from the 18th, 19thand 20th century from France, The Netherlands, Belgium, the United States of America, Morocco, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Niger. Most of the mosasaur specimens discovered in France including most holotypes are kept in Paris. Besides the French types, the MNHN collections include several important historical specimens from abroad, the most famous being undoubtedly the Cuvier's 'Grand Animal Fossile des Carrieres de Maestricht, type specimen of Mosasaurus hoffmanni MANTELL, 1829, recognized as the first mosasaur to be named. This work aims to briefly present most of these specimens, with special focus on those found in France. The MNHN mosasaurid collections as a whole reflects the development of palaeontological researches in this Institution, from its foundation at the end of the 18th century up to the present time.