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Jurassic dinosaur footprints from southern Italy; footprints as indicators of constraints in paleogeographic interpretation

Maria Alessandra Conti, Michele Morsilli, Umberto Nicosia, Eva Sacchi, Vincenzo Savino, Alexander Wagensommer, Leonardo Di Maggio and Piero Gianolla
Jurassic dinosaur footprints from southern Italy; footprints as indicators of constraints in paleogeographic interpretation
Palaios (December 2005) 20 (6): 534-550

Abstract

Three loose blocks, rich in dinosaur footprints, were found in a small pier at Mattinata (Gargano Promontory, Foggia, Italy), most probably quarried from the Upper Jurassic Sannicandro Formation. All of the footprints in the blocks are ascribed to medium-sized theropod trackmakers. Recent track discoveries from both the Early Cretaceous San Giovanni Rotondo Limestone and the Late Cretaceous Altamura Limestone, as well as this new discovery, reveal the consistency of terrestrial associations along the southern margin of the Tethys Ocean in the peri-Mediterranean area at the end of Jurassic through Cretaceous times. The presence of these dinosaur-track-rich levels within marine sediments of the Apulia Platform underlines the relevance of dinosaur footprints as a means of constraining paleogeographic reconstructions.


ISSN: 0883-1351
Serial Title: Palaios
Serial Volume: 20
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Jurassic dinosaur footprints from southern Italy; footprints as indicators of constraints in paleogeographic interpretation
Affiliation: Universita "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Rome, Italy
Pages: 534-550
Published: 200512
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 97
Accession Number: 2006-007719
Categories: Vertebrate paleontologyStratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sects., strat. cols., sketch map
N41°37'60" - N41°55'00", E15°26'60" - E16°10'60"
Secondary Affiliation: Universita di Ferrara, ITA, ItalySpeleo Club Sperone, ITA, Italy
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 200604
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