Abstract

Six egg-filled depressions discovered in the Upper Cretaceous Anacleto Formation (Campanian) of Patagonia, Argentina, and interpreted as dinosaur nests, provide the only known evidence of titanosaurid sauropod nest construction. These nest trace fossils show truncation of sedimentary structures as well as differences in texture between the host substrate and in-filling sediment. Titanosaurid sauropods excavated and laid eggs in open nests rather than burying clutches in sediment. In addition, this paper establishes criteria for definitive recognition of excavated nests in the stratigraphic record.

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