A THEROPOD DOMINATED ICHNOCOENOSIS FROM LATE HAUTERIVIAN-EARLYBARREMIAN OF BORGO CELANO (GARGANO PROMONTORY, APULIA, SOUTHERN ITALY)

Authors

  • FABIO MASSIMO PETTI
  • MARIA ALESSANDRA CONTI
  • SIMONE D'ORAZI PORCHETTI
  • MICHELE MORSILLI
  • UMBERTO NICOSIA
  • PIERO GIANOLLA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13130/2039-4942/6365

Keywords:

Theropod, Ankylosaur, late Hauterivian, early Barremian, Apulia

Abstract

Several dinosaur footprints were discovered on three different levels cropping out in the CO.L.MAR quarry, south of the village of Borgo Celano in the Gargano Promontory (Apulia, southern Italy). The track-bearing levels belong to a carbonate inner platform succession referred to the Lower Cretaceous (upper Hauterivian-lower Barremian). This paper describes only the lowest dinoturbated bed, where footprints are preserved as natural cast. Forty footprints, mostly tridactyl, have been attributed to medium-sized theropods. Tridactyl tracks are similar to Kayentapus Welles, 1971 regarding ichnotaxonomy. Round shaped footprints, previously not described from this site, are found in association with tridactyl footprints and are related to ornitischian dinosaurs.

 

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2008-03-31

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