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A primitive actinopterygian neurocranium from the Early Devonian of southeastern Australia

Basden, A; Young, Gavin


A well-preserved neurocranium with attached partial skull roof is described from the Early Devonian Taemas Formation at Wee Jasper, southern New South Wales, Australia. The dermal ornament, skull roof pattern, and general proportion and structure of the endocranium are typically actinopterygian and the specimen is tentatively assigned to the actinopterygian genus Ligulalepsis. Other features more closely resemble some other groups, such as sarcopterygians (widely-spaced orbital walls, and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology


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