The taxonomy of the Australian Early Cretaceous (Albian-Aptian) marine reptile fossil record is hindered by the lack of skulls. This project aims to identify different taxa of plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs based on their postcranial material alone, along with the determination of the exact position of different vertebrae (cervicals, dorsals and caudals) based on morphological and morphometric comparison. The significance of this research lies in identifying different taxa of these reptiles along with implications for biogeography and evolution. The outcomes are expected to show different vertebral trends for different taxa, as indicated by preliminary data.

Advisor: Prof Greg Webb, Dr Alex Cook

Project members

Vikram VAKIL

MPhil candidate - Awarded February 2019