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FIGURE 1. Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov. (BMMS-BK 1-2) holotype, late Kimmeridgian of Painten (Southern Germany). Skeleton in lateral view. Scale bar equals 200 mm.

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FIGURE 2. Simplified stratigraphy of the Upper Jurassic in the eastern Franconian Jura, highlighting the fossil-bearing horizon (silhouette). The type locality within the Kelheim district is indicated by a black star.

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FIGURE 3. Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov. (BMMS-BK 1-2) holotype, late Kimmeridgian of Painten (Southern Germany). Skull in lateral view with illustration of the preserved elements. Abbreviations: an, angular; art, articular; cor, coronoid; d, dentary; en, external naris; fr, frontal; hy, hyoid; jug, jugal; lac, lacrimal; mx, maxilla; ns, nasal; pmx, premaxilla; po, postorbital; pof, preorbital fenestra; prf, prefrontal; ?qu, possible quadrate; sa, surangular; sdg, surangulodentary groove; sp, splenial; ?sq, squamosal or squamosal-postorbital fragment. Scale bar equals 50 mm.

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FIGURE 4. Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov. (BMMS-BK 1-2) holotype, late Kimmeridgian of Painten (Southern Germany). Close-ups of the dentition (A) and scleral ring (B). Scale bars equal 10 mm.

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FIGURE 5. Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov. (BMMS-BK 1-2) holotype, late Kimmeridgian of Painten (Southern Germany). Cervical (A); dorsal (B) and sacral vertebrae (C) in lateral view. Abbreviations: ans, axis neural spine; axp, axis postzygapophysis; axr, axis rib; cr, cervical rib; dia, diapophysis; ns, neural spine; pat, postzygapophysis of atlas; pp, parapophysis; sr, sacral rib; sv, sacral vertebra. Scale bars equal 30 mm.

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FIGURE 6. Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov. (BMMS-BK 1-2) holotype, late Kimmeridgian of Painten (Southern Germany). Caudal vertebrae in lateral view. (A) proximal caudals, (B) distal caudal series and tail bend. Abbreviations: ap, anterior process; ffc, first flexural caudal vertebra; hp, hemapophysis; hs, hemapophyseal lobe; ns, neural spine. Scale bars equal 50 mm.

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FIGURE 7. Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov. (BMMS-BK 1-2) holotype, late Kimmeridgian of Painten (Southern Germany). Limbs and girdle elements. (A) front limbs and pectoral girdle, (B) hind limbs and pelvis. Abbreviations: ast, astragalus; cal, calcaneum; co, coracoid; dt, distal tarsal; fe, femur; fi, fibula; h, humerus; il, ilium; mc, metacarpal; mt, metatarsal; ph, phalanx; pub, pubis; r, radius; re, radiale; sc, scapula; ti, tibia; u, ulna. Scale bars equal 50 mm.

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FIGURE 8. Strict consensus topologies of Metriorhynchinae found in the parsimony analyses. A, unweighted topology; B, strongly down-weighted topology (k=1); C, all other weighting analyses topology (k=3, 7, 10, 20, and 50).

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FIGURE 9. Comparison of crania of Late Jurassic Cricosaurus specimens from southern Germany. (A) BMMS-BK 1-2, holotype of Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov.; (B) NKMB-P-Watt14/274, holotype of Cricosaurus bambergensis; (C) SNSB-BSPG AS I 504, holotype of Cricosaurus elegans; (D) SMNS 9808, lectotype of Cricosaurus suevicus; (E) GPIT-PV-31381, referred specimen of Cricosaurus suevicus and (F) SMNS 7322, referred specimen of Cricosaurus suevicus. Scale bars equal 50 mm.

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FIGURE 10. Comparison of tail bends of Late Jurassic Cricosaurus specimens from southern Germany. (A) BMMS-BK 1-2, holotype of Cricosaurus albersdoerferi sp. nov.; (B) SMNS 9808, lectotype of Cricosaurus suevicus; (C) GPIT-PV-31381, referred specimen of Cricosaurus suevicus; (D) NKMB-P-Watt14/274, holotype of Cricosaurus bambergensis. No scale bars intended.

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