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Marine reptiles from Toarcian–Aalenian succession (Early Jurassic) in France



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new online paper:



Peggy Vincent, Jeremy E. Martin, Valentin Fischer, Guillaume Suan,
Bouziane Khalloufi, Baptiste Suchéras-Marx, Alex Léna, Kévin Janneau,
Bruno Rousselle and Louis Rulleau (2013
)Marine vertebrate remains from the Toarcian–Aalenian succession of
southern Beaujolais, Rhône, France.
Geological Magazine  (advance online publication)
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0016756812000982
http://128.232.233.5/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8854925&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0016756812000982



A previously undocumented marine vertebrate fauna comprising
ichthyosaur, plesiosaur, marine crocodilian and fish remains from the
Toarcian–Aalenian succession at Lafarge quarry, southern Beaujolais
(Rhône, France) is described on the basis of both historical
collections and new discoveries. The taxonomic composition of the
Lafarge quarry marine vertebrate assemblage highlights its
cosmopolitan nature and strong relationships with taxa known from
elsewhere in Europe. Several groups are recorded for the first time in
the Toarcian–Aalenian succession of France, implying new
palaeobiogeographic interpretations and prompting discussion of marine
amniote diversity during this interval.