Name: Athabascasaurus ‭(‬Athabasca lizard‭ ‬-‭ ‬after the Athabasca River‭)‬.
Phonetic: Af-a-nas-ka-sore-us.
Named By: Druckenmiller‭ & ‬Maxwell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.‭
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Ichthyosauria,‭ ‬Ophthalmosauridae,‭ ‬Platypterygiinae.
Species: A.‭ ‬bitumineus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore/Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Canada,‭ ‬Alberta,‭ ‬Clearwater Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete specimen.

       Athabascasaurus is a member of the Platypterygiinae,‭ ‬a wide ranging group of ichthyosaurs that were active in both hemispheres.‭ ‬Other similar ichthyosaurs include Sveltonectes,‭ ‬Aegirosaurus,‭ ‬Platypterygius and Caypullisaurus amongst others.

Further reading
- A new Lower Cretaceous (lower Albian) ichthyosaur genus from the Clearwater Formation, Alberta, Canada. - Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47:1037-1053. - P. S. Druckenmiller & E. E. Maxwell - 2010.


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