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Late Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Denver Basin, Colorado

Kenneth Carpenter and D. Bruce Young
Late Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Denver Basin, Colorado (in Paleontology and stratigraphy of Laramide Strata in the Denver Basin (Part I), Kirk R. Johnson (editor), Robert G. Raynolds (editor) and Michele L. Reynolds (editor))
Rocky Mountain Geology (2002) 37 (2): 237-254

Abstract

Late Cretaceous dinosaurs have been known from the Denver Basin, Colorado, since the mid-1860s. Most of the fossils are scrappy, although several fragmentary skeletons are known. Most recently discovered specimens are the result of salvage work at construction sites in the Denver metropolitan area. Dinosaurs from the Denver Basin include Triceratops, Torosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Edmontonia, Pachycephalosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, a dromaeosaurid, and Ornithomimus. All of these taxa are also known from the Lance, Hell Creek, and Scollard Formations to the north and are known collectively as the Lancian fauna. Thus, these Late Cretaceous dinosaurs from Colorado are the southeastern-most extension of the Lancian fauna. Furthermore, there may be ecological segregation of some taxa based on their facies distribution, with Thescelosaurus and Torosaurus restricted to the wetter lowlands and Ornithomimus and possibly Pachycephalosaurus to the better drained uplands.


ISSN: 1555-7332
EISSN: 1555-7340
Coden: WUGGAO
Serial Title: Rocky Mountain Geology
Serial Volume: 37
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Late Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Denver Basin, Colorado
Title: Paleontology and stratigraphy of Laramide Strata in the Denver Basin (Part I)
Author(s): Carpenter, KennethYoung, D. Bruce
Author(s): Johnson, Kirk R.editor
Author(s): Raynolds, Robert G.editor
Author(s): Reynolds, Michele L.editor
Affiliation: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Department of Earth Sciences, Denver, CO, United States
Affiliation: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO, United States
Pages: 237-254
Published: 2002
Text Language: English
Publisher: University of Wyoming, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Laramie, WY, United States
References: 49
Accession Number: 2003-082146
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendix
Illustration Description: illus. incl. block diag., sketch map
N38°52'00" - N39°32'60", W104°39'00" - W103°43'60"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200324
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