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New dinosaur tracksites from Early Jurassic of Languedoc-Roussillon, France



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


A new paper (in French):


Jean-David Moreau,  Vincent Trincal, Georges Gand, Didier Néraudeau,
Guillaume Bessière & Benjamin Bourel (2014)
Two new dinosaur tracksites from the Hettangian Dolomitic Formation of
Lozère, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
Annales de Paléontologie (advance online publication)
DOI: 10.1016/j.annpal.2014.04.001
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S075339691400041X


Recent ichnological studies revealed two new localities showing
dinosaur footprints in the Hettangian Dolomitic Formation from the
Causses Basin, southern France. The traces are reported from the
northern part of the basin, in Lozère, an area where Lower Jurassic
dinosaur ichnites were poorly documented. The surfaces bearing
footprints are characterized by a large number of traces. The ichnites
are ascribed to Grallator (Hitchcock, 1858), Dilophosauripus (Welles,
1971) and Eubrontes (Hitchcock, 1845) whose trackmakers were
theropods. Although numerous tracksites were previously described in
the southern part of the Causses Basin, these three ichnotaxa are for
the first time observed in association into the Dolomitic Formation.