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Djupedalia is an extinct genus of cryptoclidid[1][2] plesiosauroid plesiosaur known from the uppermost Jurassic of central Spitsbergen, Norway.[3] It is named after Øystein Djupedal, the former Minister of Education and Research who helped fund the fossil excavation.

Temporal range: Late Jurassic
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Family: Cryptoclididae
Genus: Djupedalia
Knutsen, Druckenmiller & Hurum, 2012
Type species
Djupedalia engeri
Knutsen, Druckenmiller & Hurum, 2012

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  1. ^ "†Djupedalia Knutsen et al. 2012". Paleobiology Database. Fossilworks. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ Benson, R. B. J.; Druckenmiller, P. S. (February 2014). "Faunal turnover of marine tetrapods during the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition". Biological Reviews. 89 (1): 1–23. doi:10.1111/brv.12038. PMID 23581455.
  3. ^ Espen M. Knutsen; Patrick S. Druckenmiller; Jørn H. Hurum (2012). "A new plesiosauroid (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Agardhfjellet Formation (Middle Volgian) of central Spitsbergen, Norway" (PDF). Norwegian Journal of Geology. 92 (2–3): 213–234. ISSN 0029-196X.