Fossil Record 24(2): 287-294, doi: 10.5194/fr-24-287-2021
The southernmost occurrence of Ichthyosaurus from the Sinemurian of Portugal
expand article infoJoão Sousa, Octávio Mateus§
‡ GeoBioTec, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal§ Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
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Abstract

The ichthyosaur fossil record of Portugal is composed ofspecimens from the localities of São Pedro de Moel, Alhadas, Cadima, Murtede,Casal do Combo, Condeixa, Alvaiázere and Tomar, within the confines ofthe Lusitanian Basin, ranging in age from the Sinemurian to the Aalenian. Wereviewed the historical ichthyosaur finds in Portugal, and in this work wefocus on the specimen IST-MDT 85, from the Sinemurian of Praia de NossaSenhora da Vitória, central west coast of Portugal. The specimen washerein ascribed to Ichthyosaurus cf. communis, based on characters of the humerus in comparison withother specimens. This is the southernmost documented occurrence ofIchthyosaurus, widening the geographical range of the genus.