Name: Jucha ‭(‬after a figure in in Turkic mythology‭)‬.
Phonetic: Jur-kah.
Named By: Valentin Fischer,‭ ‬Nikolay G.‭ ‬Zverkov,‭ ‬Maxim S.‭ ‬Arkhangelsky,‭ ‬Ilya M.‭ ‬Stenshin,‭ ‬Ivan V.‭ ‬Blagovetshensky‭ & ‬Gleb N.‭ ‬Uspensky‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Sauropterygia,‭ ‬Plesiosauria,‭ ‬Elasmosauridae.
Species: J.‭ ‬squalea‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Plesiosaur.
Size: Estimated at about‭ ‬5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Russia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Klimovka Formation.
Time period: Hauterivian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Jucha is a genus of elasmosaurid plesiosaur that lived in Russian waters during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬Jucha is noted for being very primitive in form for an elasmosaurid plesiosaur,‭ ‬though it is uncertain if Jucha was an early development,‭ ‬or perhaps a later surviving example of‭ ‬aprimitive elasmosaurid plesisoaur.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new elasmosaurid plesiosaurian from the Early Cretaceous of Russia marks an early attempt at neck elongation.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society‭ ‬-‭ ‬Valentin Fischer,‭ ‬Nikolay G.‭ ‬Zverkov,‭ ‬Maxim S.‭ ‬Arkhangelsky,‭ ‬Ilya M.‭ ‬Stenshin,‭ ‬Ivan V.‭ ‬Blagovetshensky‭ & ‬Gleb N.‭ ‬Uspensky‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.


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