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First Triassic tetrapod (Eusauropterygia) in the Triassic of the Subbetic domain of the Betic Cordillera (Southeastern Spain)

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Pérez Valera, Juan Alberto and Berrocal Casero, Melani and Pérez Valera, Fernando (2020) First Triassic tetrapod (Eusauropterygia) in the Triassic of the Subbetic domain of the Betic Cordillera (Southeastern Spain). Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 94 . pp. 343-352. ISSN 0031-0220, ESSN: 1867-6812

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Abstract

Sauropterygian vertebrate remains from the Ladinian (Middle Triassic) of the proximity of Calasparra (Murcia, Spain) are described here. They represent the first documented Triassic vertebrate remains found in the Province of Murcia, and the first in the Subbetic domain of the Betic Cordillera (Southeastern Spain). These new remains consist of incomplete vertebrae, some fragmented neural spine apophyses, fragments of transverse processes, a partial thoracic vertebrae mould and one isolated thoracic vertebral centrum, seemingly of a single specimen. Their features permit to refer them to the suborder Eusauropterygia. These fossils have been found in the middle part of the upper member of the Cehegín Formation. The biostratigraphical framework of the Cehegín Formation consists of a relatively abundant fossil content that allowed its attribution to the uppermost Fassanian (Lower Ladinian). The sedimentary features and the palaeontological content of the site are typical of an epicontinental platform.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sauropterygia, Eusauropterygia,Cehegín Formation, Ladinian, Betic Cordillera
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:61019
Deposited On:19 Jun 2020 10:21
Last Modified:19 Jun 2020 10:58

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