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[dinosaur] Nemegt Basin dinosaur community composition dataset (free pdf)

Ben Creisler

A new short article in open access:

G.F. Funston, S.E. Mendonca, P.J. Currie & R. Barsbold (2017)
A dinosaur community composition dataset for the Late Cretaceous Nemegt Basin of Mongolia.
Data in Brief (advance online publication)
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2017.11.086

Refers To

G.F. Funston, S.E. Mendonca, P.J. Currie, R. Barsbold
Oviraptorosaur anatomy, diversity and ecology in the Nemegt Basin.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Available online 2 November 2017,
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Dinosaur community composition data for eleven fossil localities in the Late Cretaceous Nemegt Basin of Mongolia are compiled from field observations and records in the literature. Counts were generated from skeletons and represent numbers of individuals preserved in each locality. These data were used in the analyses of Funston et al. [1] âOviraptorosaur anatomy, diversity, and ecology in the Nemegt Basinâ in the Nemegt Ecosystems Special Issue of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, where the results are discussed.

Specifications Table

Subject area Evolutionary Biology
More specific subject area Palaeontology and Palaeoecology
Type of data Tables, Interactive map
How data was acquired Field observations and literature survey
Data format Raw tables and .kmz files for Google Earth
Experimental factors None
Experimental features None
Data source location Nemegt Basin, Western Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Data accessibility Within this article and assupplementary material
Table options
Value of the data

We combined new field observations with an extensive literature survey, compiling an unparalleled community composition dataset for dinosaur palaeontology.
The dataset includes nearly 500 skeletons identifiable to species, which allows for detailed comparison of community composition with other ecosystems around the globe.
Some of the data were collected using GPS, and the map generated from this data allows for examination of finer-scale spatial relations of the skeletons possibly related to taphonomy or palaeoecology.


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