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Cuban Mesozoic reptiles + Mexican dinosaur tracks



Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


Additional material has recently been added to the online library for
Cuban geology and paleontology. Many thanks to Yasmani Ceballos
Izquierdo for letting me know.


Biblioteca Digital Cubana de Geociencia
[Cuban Digital Library of Geosciences]

http://www.redciencia.cu/geobiblio/inicio.html

Index of papers:

http://www.redciencia.cu/geobiblio/geobiblio.html

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Also, a new Cuba-related paper:


Iturralde-Vinent, M.  and Ceballos Izquierdo, Y. (2015)
Catalogue of Late Jurassic Vertebrate (Pisces, Reptilian) specimens
from Western Cuba.
Paleontología Mexicana 65(3): 24-39 (print version), 4: 24-39
(electronic version).



Vertebrate remains are relatively well known in Late Jurassic deposits
of western Cuba. The fossil specimens that have been collected so far
are dispersed in museum collections around the world and some have
been lost throughout the years. A reassessment of the fossil material
stored in some of these museums’ collections has generated new data
about the fossil-bearing localities and greatly increased the number
of formally identified specimens. The identified bone elements and
taxa suggest a high vertebrate diversity dominated by actinopterygians
and reptiles, including: long-necked plesiosaurs, pliosaurs,
metriorhynchid crocodilians, pleurodiran turtles, ichthyosaurs,
pterosaurs, and sauropod dinosaurs. This assemblage is commonly
associated with unidentified remains of terrestrial plants and rare
microorganisms, as well as numerous marine invertebrates such as
ammonites, belemnites, pelecypods, brachiopods, and ostracods. This
fossil assemblage is particularly valuable because it includes the
most complete marine reptile record of a chronostratigraphic interval,
which is poor in vertebrate remains elsewhere. In this contribution,
the current status of the available vertebrate fossil specimens from
the Late Jurassic of western Cuba is provided, along with a brief
description of the fossil materials.

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I don't have an online  link for the above paper yet.

The index of issues link for Paleontología Mexicana on the journal
page does not appear to be working for now.

http://www.unamenlinea.unam.mx/recurso/81949-revista-paleontologia-mexicana

Issue index link (not working?):

http://www.ojs-igl.unam.mx/index.php/Paleontologia/index


Also, the Cuban Digital Library of Geosciences mentioned about does
not appear to include the new 2015 paper yet.

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While searching online for the new issue of Paleontología Mexicana, I
can across an issue from last year that is available online and that
contains dinosaur-related material. Here's the link for the whole
issue:

Paleontología Mexicana 64 (print version); 3 (electronic version) (1) (2013):

http://www.geologia.unam.mx/igl/deptos/paleo/rpm/PM64_03_interactivo.pdf


The dinosaur paper not yet mentioned on the DML (in Spanish):


Victor Manuel Bravo Cuevas (2013)
El registro de huellas de dinosaurios de los estados de Oaxaca,
Michoacán y Puebla.
Paleontología Mexicana 64 (print version); 3 (electronic version) (1)
(2013): 65-71

Diverse dinosaur footprint localities are known in the states of
Oaxaca, Michoacán and Puebla. The available ichnological evidence
testifies the presence of at least nine different dinosaur groups from
Middle Jurassic to Late Cretaceous. The dinosaurian record includes
carnivore theropods (coelurosaurians, allosaurids and/or
ceratosaurids, ornithomimids, dromaeosaurids, tyrannosaurids),
sauropods and herbivore ornithopods (hypsilophodonts, iguanodonts and
hadrosaurs), and represents the 70 % known dinosaur biodiversity of
Mexico.
These paleoichnofaunas are the southernmost records for North America,
and extend the geographic range of Dinosauria, from northwestern
United States to Central and Southeastern Mexico, during the Jurassic
and Cretaceous.