Platecarpus planifrons Cope 1874 (mosasaur)

Reptilia - Squamata - Mosasauridae

Alternative combinations: Clidastes planifrons, Lestosaurus planifrons, Plesioplatecarpus planifrons

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1874. Review of the Vertebrata of the Cretaceous Period found west of the Mississippi River. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, First Series 2:3-48

Belongs to Platecarpus according to F. Fanti et al. 2014

See also Cope 1874, Cope 1875, Hay 1902, Konishi and Caldwell 2007 and Konishi and Caldwell 2011

Sister taxa: Platecarpus affinis, Platecarpus anguliferus, Platecarpus brachycephalus, Platecarpus glandiferus, Platecarpus latispinus, Platecarpus tectulus, Platecarpus tympaniticus, Sironectes anguliferus, Lestosaurus latispinus, Holcodus tectulus, Holcodus acutidens

Type specimen: AMNH 1491, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is 7 miles southeast of Castle Rock, which is in a Coniacian/Santonian marine chalk in the Niobrara Formation of Kansas.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore


• Cretaceous of United States (5: Kansas, Texas collections)

Total: 5 collections each including a single occurrence

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