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An Early Cretaceous spinosaurid theropod from southern China

ERIC BUFFETAUTa1 c1, VARAVUDH SUTEETHORNa2, HAIYAN TONGa1 and ROMAIN AMIOTa3

a1 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (UMR 8538), Laboratoire de Géologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

a2 Bureau of Fossil Research and Museum, Department of Mineral Resources, Rama VI Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

a3 Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 142 XiZhiMenWai DaJie, Beijing 100044, China

Abstract

Teeth from the Early Cretaceous Napai Formation of Fusui County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (South China), initially described as the sauropterygian Sinopliosaurus fusuiensis, are redescribed as belonging to a spinosaurid theropod closely allied to Siamosaurus suteethorni, from the Early Cretaceous of Thailand. This identification extends to China the geographical range of Asian spinosaurs, previously reported from Thailand and Japan.

(Received February 20 2008)

(Accepted May 29 2008)

Keywords:

  • Cretaceous China Plesiosauria Dinosauria Theropoda Spinosauridae

Correspondence:

c1 Author for correspondence: eric.buffetaut@wanadoo.fr

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