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Theropod tooth from Czech Republic
From: Ben Creisler
A new advance online paper:
Daniel Madzia (2013)
The first non-avian theropod from the Czech Republic.
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica (in press)
All currently known theropod specimens from the Czech Republic have
been attributed to the crown clade Aves. However, an archosaur tooth
in the Institute of Geological Sciences (Faculty of Science, Masaryk
University), labelled as Teleosaurus, belongs to a non-avian theropod.
The tooth comes from the Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) carbonate rocks of
Švédské šance (Brno-Slatina) and represents the first terrestrial
vertebrate known from the Jurassic of
the Czech Republic. The tooth is described here in detail and compared
to anatomical descriptions of taxa, and comprehensive sets of
quantitative and qualitative data. On the basis of the comparisons, it
is concluded that the Moravian theropod was likely a basal
representative of the clade Tetanurae, whose members were abundant in
Europe especially during the Middle to Late Jurassic.