Saurosphargis

Name: Saurosphargis
Phonetic: Sore-roe-far-gis.
Named By: Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-1936.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Sauropterygia,‭ ‬Placodontia.
Species: S.‭ ‬volzi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Shellfish.
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: Europe.
Time period: Ansian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton,‭ ‬Skull is unknown.

       Saurosphargis is a little known placodont who’s only known collection of remains were destroyed in World War Two.‭ ‬Although this means that the original fossils are no longer available for study,‭ ‬the original description did mention that the rib structure of Saurosphargis was very similar to that of the Paraplacodus.‭ ‬This indicates that Saurosphargis was more like this form that the armoured placodonts like Henodus that resemble turtles.


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