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Saxonian Cretaceous Basin of Germany marine amniote remains

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

Sven Sachs, Markus Wilmsen, Joschua Knüppe, Jahn J. Hornung and
Benjamin P. Kear (2016)
Cenomanian–Turonian marine amniote remains from the Saxonian
Cretaceous Basin of Germany.
Geological Magazine (advance online publication)

The Saxonian Cretaceous Basin constitutes an important source of rare
Late Cretaceous marine amniote fossils from Germany. It is also
historically famous, having been documented in a series of monographic
works published by the distinguished German palaeontologist Hanns
Bruno Geinitz in the nineteenth century. The most productive rock
units include the upper Cenomanian Dölzschen Formation and upper
Turonian Strehlen and Weinböhla limestones (lower Strehlen Formation).
A survey of curated specimens recovered from these deposits has now
identified isolated teeth of probable polycotylid and elasmosaurid
plesiosaurians, as well as several humeri that are referred to
protostegid marine turtles. The Saxonian Cretaceous Basin formed a
continuous epeiric seaway with the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin during
late Cenomanian – Turonian time. A western connection to the North Sea
Basin also existed via the North German and Münsterland Cretaceous
basins. The Mesozoic marine amniote remains from these regions
therefore record a coeval northern European fauna that was probably
homogeneous across the northern peri-Tethyan margin during Late
Cretaceous time.