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A new platysomid from the Upper Carboniferous of Kansas (USA) and remarks on the systematics of deep-bodied lower actinopterygians

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Mickle, K. E. and Bader, K. 2009. A new platysomid from the Upper Carboniferous of Kansas (USA) and remarks on the systematics of deep-bodied lower actinopterygians. —¬†Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 90 (Suppl. 1): 211–221

Scales and presumptive tooth plates from deep-bodied platysomid actinopterygians have previously been reported from the Lower Permian of Kansas (USA), but until now, an articulated specimen from this state has not been recovered. The first articulated deep-bodied platysomid fish from the Upper Carboniferous of Kansas is described herein. This specimen is compared to other known species from the genus Platysomus, with special attention paid to the North American taxa. The cranial osteology of this new specimen is closest to Platysomus schultzei from the Upper Carboniferous of New Mexico. The newly described platysomid species highlights the need for a revision of the fish included within the genus Platysomus.
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Keywords: Carboniferous; Lower Actinopterygians; Platysomids; Platysomus

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, 1345 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA 2: University of Kansas, Department of Geology, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, 1345 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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