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[dinosaur] Dinosaur footprints from Lower Cretaceous Khok Kruat Formation, Thailand (free pdf)




Ben Creisler
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A new paper with free pdf:



Shohei Kozu, Apsorn Sardsud, Doungrutai Saesaengseerung, Cherdchan Pothichaiya, Sachiko Agematsu, Katsuo Sashida (2017)
Dinosaur footprint asemblage from the lower Cretaceous Khok Kruat Formation, Khorat Group, northeastern Thailand.
Geoscience Frontiers (advance online publication)
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2017.02.003
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1674987117300324



Highlights

Small-sized theropod tracks from the Huai Dam Chum tracksite ichnotaxonomically described.
Well-defined characteristics of gregarious behaviour.
Theropod tracks show nomalous bimodal distribution of well-defined characteristics.

Abstract

The Khok Kruat Formation is the upper part of the Khorat Group, which consists of upper Lower Cretaceous non-marine sedimentary rocks in northeastern Thailand. Many dinosaur footprints have been known from the upper Lower Cretaceous (Aptian–Albian) Khok Kruat Formation at the Huai Dam Chum (Tha Uthen) site, northeastern Thailand. Approximately 600 tracks occur in thin mudstone layer of the northern part of the outcrop at the Huai Dam Chum track site. Two types of footprints, small-sized theropod and crocodylomorph are imprinted with mud cracks and ripple marks on the thin mud layer. Most of footprints are referred to cf. Asianopodus, and are imprinted by small-sized theropoda, probably ornithomimosauria. Theropod tracks are mainly separated into two groups, Group A and Group B. From ichnological viewpoints, the small-sized theropod track assemblage indicates the herd behaviour and its idiosyncratic group composition. In particular, the histogram of size-frequency measurements of Group A shows the anomalous bimodal distribution. We consider that there are two hypotheses; the first one is due to the male-female difference, and the second is a result of the different growing stage.