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Middle Cretaceous dinosaurs from northern Brazil and northern Africa

Ben Creisler

A new online paper:

Carlos Roberto A. Candeiro (2014)
Middle Cretaceous dinosaur assemblages from northern Brazil and
northern Africa and their implications for northern Gondwanan
Journal of South American Earth Sciences (advance online publication)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsames.2014.10.005


Middle Cretaceous dinosaur composition from northern Gondwana were
examined. Mainly theropod species are found regularly co-occurring. A
comparison with coeval dinosaur reported from Brazil, Egypt, Libya
Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia, support a connection land active
during the Middle Cretaceous.


Dinosaurs are one of the most dominant groups in Cretaceous reptilian
faunas. A summary of their record in northern Brazil and northern
Africa during the middle of the Cretaceous Period (Aptian-Cenomanian)
is presented here. Dinosaurs are represented by 32 species (three
ornithischians, six sauropods and 23 theropods) from Brazil, Egypt,
Lybia, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia. These dinosaur assemblages
provide fundamental data about distribution and composition of
sauropods and theropods in northern Gondwana during the middle of the
Cretaceous Period and confirm these assemblages to be among the most
important dinosaur faunas in the north Gondwana areas.