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First record of dinosaurs in the Late Jurassic of the Adriatic-Dinaridic carbonate platform (Croatia)

Aleksandar Mezga, Blanka Cvetko Tesovic and Zlatan Bajraktarevic
First record of dinosaurs in the Late Jurassic of the Adriatic-Dinaridic carbonate platform (Croatia)
Palaios (March 2007) 22 (2): 188-199

Abstract

All previously known dinosaur remains on the Adriatic-Dinaridic carbonate platform (ADCP) were described from Cretaceous deposits. A new trackbearing locality is late Tithonian in age and represents the oldest evidence of dinosaurs on the ADCP. The site is in an active quarry near the village of Kirmenjak in western Istria. Almost a thousand sauropod footprints including 23 single trackways have been found on the outcrop. Oval impressions represent pes prints, and horseshoe-shaped impressions represent manus prints; pes prints are 23 to 52 cm long. Calculated heights at the hip range from 153 to 306 cm. The main direction of dinosaur movement was toward the northeast, and some of the individuals were moving together. The trackways show a characteristic narrow gauge, and pace and stride lengths indicate a slow walk. The footprints are similar to Parabrontopodus ichnogenus, and the ichnocoenosis could be assigned to the Brontopodus ichnofacies. The presence of the sauropods on the Adriatic-Dinaridic carbonate platform during the Late Jurassic could be explained by connection with the African continent via its southern margins during emersion.


ISSN: 0883-1351
Serial Title: Palaios
Serial Volume: 22
Serial Issue: 2
Title: First record of dinosaurs in the Late Jurassic of the Adriatic-Dinaridic carbonate platform (Croatia)
Affiliation: University of Zagreb, Department of Geology and Paleontology, Zagreb, Croatia
Pages: 188-199
Published: 20070301
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society for Sedimentary Geology, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 34
Accession Number: 2007-029108
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. strat. col., geol. sketch map
N45°12'00" - N45°12'00", E13°41'60" - E13°41'60"
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: 200716
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