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[dinosaur] Jurabrontes, new giant theropod tracks from Late Jurassic of Switzerland (free pdf)





Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new paper in open access:



Marielle Cattin, Christel Lovis & Christian A. Meyer (2017)
The tracks of giant theropods (Jurabrontes curtedulensis ichnogen. & ichnosp. nov.) from the Late Jurassic of NW Switzerland: palaeoecological & palaeogeographical implications.
Historical Biology (advance online publication)
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2017.1324438
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08912963.2017.1324438



Jurabrontes curtedulensis, a new ichnogenus and species of Late Jurassic giant theropod dinosaur track is described based on very well-preserved and morphologically-distinct tracks, all carefully excavated along federal highway A16 (Canton Jura, NW Switzerland). All trackways were systematically documented including parameter measurements, descriptions, outline drawings, orthophotos and laserscans. Jurabrontes is characterised by sub-equal track length and width, a small anterior triangle, weak mesaxony, three blunt digits (dII-III-IV) with pronounced (sub)triangular claw marks, a rounded heel, and clear phalangeal pad impressions. The combination of features of Jurabrontes is typical for a theropod (and not ornithopod) trackmaker. Jurabrontes is compared to other similar ichnotaxa and unnamed tracks of large theropods from the Early Jurassic to Late Cretaceous, from which it is clearly different. The sheer size of the largest tracks, that are amongst the largest worldwide and of similar size to Tyrannosauripus from the Late Cretaceous, suggests a ‘megalosaurid’ or large allosaurid theropod as a trackmaker. The presence of such large theropod tracks in tidal-flat deposits of the Jura carbonate platform and associated with small to large sauropod tracks has important palaeoecological implications for the dinosaur community and for palaeoenvironmental and palaeogeographical reconstructions.


Jurabrontes - urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:B482D2AF-637A-4B2D-8B0B-FEAD54CA2A26

J. curtedulensis- urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:30D45944-5A2B-45E1-89B9-20298E475D51