Y’know, it’s the same old thing: you wait ages for new ichthyosaurs, then several come along at once! I notice this seems to have started after putting up my list of ichthyosaurs; just so that I’d have to keep changing it!
This time round, the ichthyosaurs are more exotic than most. Recent palaeontological research in Spitsbergen, Svalbard has brought up many finds of marine reptiles. A whole series of papers on Upper Jurassic strata, especially the Slottsmøya formation, has recently been published in the Norwegian Journal of Geology; and the great thing is, they’re all free to access 😀!
There are lots to see in this issue, so I’ll be back with more to say once I’ve taken it all in!
[DRUCKENMILLER, P. S., HURUM, J. H., KNUTSEN, E. M. & NAKREM, H. A.
- Two new ophthalmosaurids (Reptilia: Ichthyosauria) from the Agardhfjellet Formation (Upper Jurassic: Volgian/Tithonian), Svalbard, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92, 311–339.](http://www.geologi.no/data/f/0/21/00/9_2401_0/NJG_2_3_2012_17_Druckenmiller_etal_Pr.pdf “Svalbard Ophthalmosaurids 2012”)