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New book on Cuban Mesozoic reptiles and new Brazil papers

From: Ben Creisler

A new book not yet mentioned:

Manuel Iturralde-Vinent & Zulma Gasparini (2013)
Animales del Caribe primitivo y sus costas. [Animals of the Primeval
Caribbean and its Coasts] Editorial Oriente, 61 p. Santiago de Cuba.

A recent book about the fossils (mainly Mesozoic reptiles + fish) of
Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean. It's in Spanish and is written
for a general nontechnical reader. It has nice illustrations by
Russian paleoartist Dmitry Bogdanov (lots of his art shows up in
Wikipedia) and Tracy Ford.

For write-ups about the book (in Spanish), see



Many thanks to Yasmani Ceballos Izquierdo for bringing the book to my
attention and for providing a pdf!

For fun, a children's book in Spanish by Manuel Iturralde-Vinent  and
Yasmani Ceballos Izquierdo can be downloaded as a pdf at the link

Manuel Iturralde-Vinent and Yasmani Ceballos Izquierdo (2012) Reptiles
gigantes del Caribe primitivo. [Giant Reptiles of the Primeval
Caribbean] Editorial Gente Nueva



Also a link to Cuban papers on geology and paleontology.

Cuban Digital Library of Geosciences:


Some can be downloaded as pdfs (click on highlighted year)



Two recent papers about Brazilian fossils:

Rodrigo Temp Müller, Max Cardoso Langer, Alex Sandro Schiller Aires,
and Sérgio Dias-da-silva (2014)
New Dinosauriform (Ornithodira, Dinosauromorpha) Record from the Upper
Triassic of Southern Brazil.
Paleontological Research 18(2): 118-121
doi: 10.2517/2014PR012

No abstract; from the text:

In the present contribution, we report the occurrence of a new
non-dinosaur dinosauriform specimen from the Santa Maria Formation, a
stratigraphic unit that congregates the oldest unequivocal
dinosauriform records from Brazil (Colbert, 1970; Langer et al., 1999;
1999; Da-Rosa et al., 2006; Cabreira et al., 2011), all of which are
included within Dinosauria. One exception is the problematic Teyuwasu
barberenai (Kischlat, 1999),
considered nomen dubium by Langer (2004) and revised recently by
Ezcurra (2012), which tentatively suggests a silesaurid affinity.


Manuel Alfredo Medeiros, Rafael Matos Lindoso, Ighor Dienes Mendes &
Ismar de Souza Carvalho (2014)
The Cretaceous (Cenomanian) continental record of the Laje do Coringa
flagstone (Alcântara Formation), Northeastern South America.
Journal of South American Earth Sciences (advance online publication)
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2014.04.002

The fossil taxa of the Cenomanian continental flora and fauna of São
Luís Basin are observed primarily in the bone bed of the Laje do
Coringa, Alcântara Formation. Many of the disarticulated fish and
tetrapod skeletal and dental elements are remarkably similar to the
chronocorrelate fauna of Northern Africa. In this study, we present a
summary of the continental flora and fauna of the Laje do Coringa
bone-bed. The record emphasizes the existence of a trans-oceanic
typical fauna, at least until the Early Cenomanian, which may be
interpreted as minor evolutionary changes after a major vicariant
event or as a result of a land bridge across the equatorial Atlantic
Ocean, thereby allowing interchanges between South America and Africa.
The paleoenvironmental conditions in the northern Maranhão State coast
during that time were inferred as forested humid areas surrounded by
an arid to semi-arid landscape.

A summary of the Cretaceous flora and fauna of Alcântara Formation, Brazil.
Evidence of the existence of a trans-oceanic Gondwanan fauna until the
Forested areas surrounded by dry environment in Brazilian northeastern coast.