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The rise of macropredatory pliosaurids near the Early-Middle Jurassic transition

Plesiosauria de Blainville, 183541 Pliosauridae Seeley, 187442 Thalassophonea Benson & Druckenmiller, 20141 Lorrainosaurus gen. nov. Etymology Derived from ‘Lorraine’, for the type locality; and ‘σαῦρος’ (sauros), Greek for ‘reptile’. Type species Lorrainosaurus keileni (Godefroit, 1994)20. Holotype MNHNL BU159, an incomplete skeleton (Fig. 1a) comprising four associated teeth (Fig. 1b), a maxilla fragment and articulated mandible (Fig. 1a–f), together …