Named By: Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia - 2020.
Classification: Chordata Reptilia, Archosauromorpha, Tanystropheidae.
Species: R. calligarisi (type).
Known locations: Italy - Calcare del Predil Formation.
Time period: Carnian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton including ribs, vertebrae, gastralia, pelvis and a single tooth.
relative of the famous Tanystropheus,
was a long necked
archosauromorph predator that lived in Europe during the late
Triassic. Although expected to have a body form very much like
Tanystropheus, Raibliania has
displayed clear differences in the form
of the caudal vertebrae as well as the tooth. While tanystropheids
have in the past been regarded as aquatic predators, more popular
thinking suggests that the older interpretation of tanystropheids as
beach combers may be the more accurate. As such Raibliania
visited tidal pools to snatch up fish and other aquatic organisms that
had been caught out and left behind by the outgoing tide.
- Raibliania calligarisi gen. n., sp. n., a new tanystropheid (Diapsida, Tanystropheidae) from the Upper Triassic (Carnian) of northeastern Italy. - Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia. 126 (1): 197–222. - Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia - 2020.