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Microbially induced sedimentary structures (and dinosaur tracks)
In "Microbially induced sedimentary structures" at
Erik Boehm wrote,
"I was wondering if anyone here would be better able to
evaluate the claims, and perhaps answer my above
questions about the prevalence of pre-cambrian MISS
There are books that discuss in detail microbialites
and microbially induced sedimentary structures of
Precambrian another ages that should help answer your
questions. They are,
Schieber, J., P. K. Bose, P. G. Eriksson, and others,
eds., 2007, Atlas of Microbial Mat Features Preserved
within the Siliciclastic Rock Record, Atlases in
Geoscience vol. 2. Elsevier Science, New York.
324 pp. ISBN 978-0444528599
Noffke, N., 2010, Geobiology: Microbial Mats in Sandy
Deposits from the Archean Era to Today. Springer-Verlag,
Berlin Heidelberg. 194 pp., ISBN 978-3-642-12771-7
Seckbach, J., and A. Oren, eds., 2010, Microbial Mats:
Modern and Ancient Microorganisms in Stratified
Systems. Springer Dordrecht, Heidelberg. 606 pp.
Microbial mats can be associated with dinsoaur and
types of fossil track as seen in the below papers:
Marty, D., A. Strasser, and C. A. Meyer, 2009,
Formation and taphonomy of human footprints in
microbial mats of present-day tidal-flat environments:
implications for the study of fossil footprints. Ichnos.
vol. 16, no. 1–2, pp. 127–142.
Carvalho, I. de Souza, L. Borghi, and G. Leonardi
2013, Preservation of dinosaur tracks induced by
microbial mats in the Sousa Basin (Lower Cretaceous),
Brazil. Cretaceous Research. vol. 44, pp. 112–121.
Dai, H., L. Xing , D. Marty, J. Zhang, W. S. Persons,
H. Hu, and Fengping Wang, 2015, Microbially-induced
sedimentary wrinkle structures and possible impact
of microbial mats for the enhanced preservation of
dinosaur tracks from the Lower Cretaceous Jiaguan
Formation near Qijiang (Chongqing, China) Cretaceous
Research. vol. 53, article no. 98e109
More PDF files about Chinese fossil trackways can be
found and downloaded from http://www.xinglida.net
Finally, although unrelated to microbial mats, there
is summary paper (book chapter) about the well-known
dinosaur tracks of Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas
that should interest people at:
Farlow, J. O. M. O'brien, G. J. Kuban, B. F. Dattilo,
K. T. Bates, P. L. Falkingham, L. Pinuela, A. Rose,
A. Freels, C. Kumagai, C. Libben, J. Smith, and J.
Whitcraft, 2012, Dinosaur Tracksites of the Paluxy
River Valley (Glen Rose Formation, Lower Cretaceous),
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Somervell County, Texas.
Actas de V Jrnadas Internacionales sobre Paleontologia
de Dinosaurios y su Entorno, Salas de los Infantes,
Burgos. pp. 41 - 69. http://opus.ipfw.edu/geosci_facpubs/69
Baton Rouge, Louisiana