(Athabasca lizard - after the Athabasca River).
Named By: Druckenmiller & Maxwell - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Ichthyosauria, Ophthalmosauridae, Platypterygiinae.
Species: A. bitumineus (type).
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.
- 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.