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Article: Chondrocranial morphology of Carcharopsis wortheni (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii incertae sedis) based on new material from the Fayetteville Shale (upper Mississippian, middle Chesterian)

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 4 Part 3 - Cover Image
Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 4
Part: 3
Publication Date: August 2018
Page(s): 349 362
Author(s): Allison W. Bronson, Royal H. Mapes, and John G. Maisey
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1110
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BRONSON, A.W., MAPES, R.H., MAISEY, J.G. 2018. Chondrocranial morphology of Carcharopsis wortheni (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii incertae sedis) based on new material from the Fayetteville Shale (upper Mississippian, middle Chesterian) . Papers in Palaeontology, 4, 3, 349-362. DOI: /doi/10.1002/spp2.1110

Author Information

  • Allison W. Bronson - American Museum of Natural History New York NY USA
  • Royal H. Mapes - American Museum of Natural History New York NY USA
  • John G. Maisey - American Museum of Natural History New York NY USA

Publication History

  • Issue published online: 03 August 2018
  • Manuscript Accepted: 01 January 2018
  • Manuscript Received: 09 September 2017

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The Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History

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Abstract

The first known basicranium belonging to Carcharopsis wortheni is described, based on examination of endoskeletal morphology obtained from three‐dimensional reconstructions produced by high‐resolution CT scanning of a previously undescribed specimen. C. wortheni has been described from the late Mississippian (middle Chesterian) Fayetteville Shale based on jaws and teeth, but never before from its cranial anatomy. This specimen has jaw fragments and teeth, associated with the basicranium. The braincase has rounded, low extensions of the occipital region, forming a short lateral occipital shelf, the hypotic lamina is separated from the otic capsule by a continuous metotic fissure, and the postorbital flange is low. Cartilage surrounding the notochordal canal is mineralized, and broken into at least two pieces. Paired, enclosed dorsal aortae are present, which branch into orbital arteries anteriorly, with a midline pit present between the posterior openings for the aortae. Portions of the semicircular canals are visible, with associated ampullae. An improved description of C. wortheni teeth is presented based on CT scanning, including details of tooth vascularization. Carcharopsis is the first Palaeozoic chondrichthyan in which an anaulacorhize‐like vascular network has been recognized. New anatomical data presented here add considerably to our understanding of the phylogenetic relationships of Carcharopsis, and also contribute to the described diversity of Fayetteville Shale vertebrates.

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