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Subject: Lower Jurassic dinosaur footprints from Xinjiang, China (free pdf)
A new paper in open access:
XING Li-Da, Martin G. LOCKLEY, WANG Qi-Fei, LI Zhong-Dong, Hendrik
KLEIN, W. Scott PERSONS IV, YE Yong & Masaki MATSUKAWA (2014)
Earliest records of dinosaur footprints in Xinjiang, China.
Vertebrata Palasiatica 52(3): 340-348
Although Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is a vast territory, its
fossil tetropod track record is scant. In recent years, this situation
has begun to change and a variety of Jurassic and Cretaceous tetrapod
tracks have been reported and described from Xinjiang, including
tracks attributable to birds, non-avian dinosaurs, and pterosaurs.
Here we report on the first dinosaur track discovered from Lower
Jurassic deposits in Xinjiang. The tracks are those of a small
theropod and are oldest known dinosaur tracks in Northwest China. The
tracks are provisionally assigned to cf. Changpeipus isp., which
resembles well-known tracks in the Grallator-Eubrontes plexus, which
dominate tetrapod ichnofaunas in the Early and Middle Jurassic both
within China and globally.