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Hadrosaurs found in Catalonia region (Spain); new turtle from Galve, too



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A news story in Spanish about the discovery of hadrosaur bones in
Catalonia in Spain:

http://noticias.terra.es/ciencia/hallan-veinte-nuevos-restos-de-dinosaurios-en-la-poblacion-leridana-de-espinau,7f86a103339d9310VgnVCM20000099cceb0aRCRD.html

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Also, a new turtle from Spain in the Sept. issue Palaeontology:


ADÁN PÉREZ-GARCÍA & XABIER MURELAGA (2012)
Galvechelone lopezmartinezae gen. et sp. nov., a new cryptodiran
turtle in the Lower Cretaceous of Europe.
Palaeontology 55 (5): 937–944
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01154.x
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01154.x/abstract


The Spanish town of Galve (Teruel) is notable because of the abundance
of Upper Jurassic and, especially, Lower Cretaceous vertebrates
recorded there. Although most groups have been studied in detail,
information on turtles is very limited even though the material is
relatively abundant. So far, no turtle taxa have been identified at
the generic level. The only Lower Cretaceous articulated specimen from
Galve is analysed here. It is identified as a representative of
Cryptodira, Galvechelone lopezmartinezae gen. et sp. nov. Galvechelone
lopezmartinezae is determined as a taxon belonging to the node that
groups the turtles traditionally assigned to ‘Macrobaenidae’ and
‘Sinemydidae’, and other taxa such as the members of Panchelonioidea.
This node, very abundant in the Lower Cretaceous of Asia, and with a
broad subsequent distribution, has recently been recognized in the
Lower Cretaceous of Europe. The diversity of basal members of
Eucryptodira in the European Late Jurassic (represented by
Thalassemydidae, Plesiochelyidae and Eurysternidae) was high. Owing to
a relative scarcity of well-preserved early Cretaceous turtles from
Europe, the knowledge of this group of reptiles is limited. The study
of the new turtle from Galve, together with the recently described
Hoyasemys jimenezi, and the recently completed review of the enigmatic
Chitracephalus dumonii demonstrate that members of the cryptodiran
node grouping ‘Macrobaenidae’, ‘Sinemydidae’ and Panchelonioidea were
also very diverse in this period.