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[dinosaur] Saurischian track assemblages from Lower Cretaceous of Yuanma Basin, Southern China

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

Lida Xing, Martin G. Lockley, Nengyong Hu, Guang Li, Guanghui Tong, Masaki Matsukawa, Hendrik Klein, Yong Ye, Jianping Zhang & W. Scott Persons IV (2016)
Saurischian track assemblages from the Lower Cretaceous Shenhuangshan Formation in the Yuanma Basin, Southern China.
Cretaceous Research (advance online publication)
http: // www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667116300647

Cretaceous dinosaur tracks from Hunan Province are historically significant as the basis for three ichnotaxa: Xiangxipus chenxiensis, Xiangxipus youngi, and Hunanpus jiuquwanensis all representing theropodan tracks, described from a single site in 1982. Although the type locality has since been destroyed, the type specimen and replicas remained available for restudy in 2006, when paratype Hunanpus tracks and sauropod footprints were described from a second, nearby locality. Material from both localities is here re-described in detail. It is proposed that while Xiangxipus chenxiensis can be regarded as a distinct ichnospecies, probably representing an ornithomimid trackmaker, Xiangxipus youngi cannot be accommodated in the same ichnogenus. We consider it similar to the ichnogenus Wupus from the Lower Cretaceous of Sichuan Province, and therefore of possible avian affinity. We also find no justification for regarding Hunanpus jiuquwanensis as generically distinct from the widespread ichnogenus Grallator, and therefore rename it Grallator jiuquwanensis comb. nov. The Hunan track record is generally consistent with the sparse record of theropod skeletal remains in the province, but adds evidence of sauropods that was previously lacking.