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Elasmosaur Remains from the Maastrichtian type area, and a Review of latest Cretaceous Elasmosaurs (Reptilia, Plesiosauroidea)
Mulder, E.W.A.; Bardet, N.; Godefroit, P.; Jagt, J.W.M. (2000). Elasmosaur Remains from the Maastrichtian type area, and a Review of latest Cretaceous Elasmosaurs (Reptilia, Plesiosauroidea). Bull. Kon. Belg. Inst. Natuurwet. Aardwet. = Bull. - Inst. r. sci. nat. Belg., Sci. Terre 70: 161-178
In: Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Aardwetenschappen = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Sciences de la Terre. KBIN: Brussel. ISSN 0374-6291, more
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Keywords
    Maastrichtian; Plesiosauria [WoRMS]; Plesiosauroidea [WoRMS]; Belgium, Hainaut; Morocco [Marine Regions]; Netherlands, Limburg (Province); Marine
Author keywords
    Elasmosaurs, Maastrichtian type area, Belgium, Morocco, North Atlantic basin

Authors  Top 
  • Mulder, E.W.A.
  • Bardet, N.
  • Godefroit, P., more
  • Jagt, J.W.M.

Abstract
    Isolated skeletal remains of elasmosaurid plesiosaurs are described from the upper Upper Maastrichtian of the type area of that stage and compared with material from the Maastrichtian of southern Belgium (Mons Basin) and Morocco. An overview of Maastrichtian elasmosaurids worldwide is presented. The rarity of elasmosaurids in the latest Cretaceous marginal seas of the type Maastrichtian as compared with their common occurrence in the oceanic waters near California and Morocco of that age may be related to food abundance in upwelling areas along the margins of continental plates.

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