Name: Wahlisaurus ‭(‬Wahl’s lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Wahl-e-sor-us.
Named By: Dean R.‭ ‬Lomax‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Ichthyosauria,‭ ‬Leptonectidae.
Species: W.‭ ‬massare‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: England,‭ ‬Nottinghamshire.
Time period: Hettangian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial post cranial skeleton.

       Originally discovered in‭ ‬1951,‭ ‬the holotype fossil of Wahlisaurus was not officially described until sixty-five years later in‭ ‬2016.‭ ‬Wahlisaurus is a leptonectid ichthyosaur noted for having a very long snout.‭ ‬Other ichthyosaurs similar to Wahlisaurus include Leptonectes,‭ ‬Eurhinosaurus and Excalibosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new leptonectid ichthyosaur from the Lower Jurassic‭ (‬Hettangian‭) ‬of Nottinghamshire,‭ ‬England,‭ ‬UK,‭ ‬and the taxonomic usefulness of the ichthyosaurian coracoid.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Systematic Palaeontology:‭ ‬1‭–‬15‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dean R.‭ ‬Lomax‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.


Random favourites