A Gorgonopsian from the Wutonggou Formation (Changhsingian, Permian) of Turpan Basin, Xinjiang, China
Gorgonopsians were widely distributed during the Permian, and went extinct by the end of Permian. However, their fossil localities in the North Hemisphere are concentrated in the eastern European portion of Russia, except for one possible canine from the North China. A specimen from the Wutonggou Formation of Turpan Basin, Xinjiang, China, dated ∼253.3 Ma, is identified as a gorgonopsian based on dental features. This discovery shows that the gorgonopsians survived in northern warm temperate zone about ∼253.3 Ma, contemporaneous with the latest records of Russia and South Africa. This specimen may represent one of the latest records of gorgonopsians.
J. Liu and W. Yang, "A Gorgonopsian from the Wutonggou Formation (Changhsingian, Permian) of Turpan Basin, Xinjiang, China," Palaeoworld, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 383 - 388, Elsevier, Sep 2022.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palwor.2022.04.004
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Changhsingian; Gorgonopsia; Permian; Wutonggou Formation; Xinjiang
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01 Sep 2022
National Science Foundation, Grant EAR 1714749