Data from: Ontogeny and evolution of the elasmosaurid neck highlight a greater diversity of Antarctic plesiosaurians

Arthur S. Brum, Tiago R. Simões, Geovane A. Souza, André E. P. Pinheiro, Rodrigo G. Figueiredo, Michael W. Caldwell, Juliana M. Sayão & Alexander W. A. Kellner
The Antarctic plesiosaurian record is critical for understanding the evolution of elasmosaurids in the southern hemisphere. Elasmosaurids exhibit some of the most remarkable modifications of the vertebrate axial skeleton given their extreme elongation of the cervical region. Despite a considerable amount of information available on vertebral counts within Plesiosauria throughout the decades, we have a considerably more limited understanding of the diversity of cervical vertebral shapes in elasmosaurids and how these have changed throughout ontogeny...
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