Vertebrate Succession in the Ischigualasto Formation

  title={Vertebrate Succession in the Ischigualasto Formation},
  author={Ricardo N. Mart{\'i}nez and Cecilia Apaldetti and Oscar A. Alcober and Carina E. Colombi and Paul C. Sereno and Eliana Fern{\'a}ndez and Paula Santi Malnis and Gustavo A. Correa and Diego Abel{\'i}n},
ABSTRACT The Upper Triassic (Carnian—Norian) Ischigualasto Formation has yielded a diverse vertebrate fauna that records the initial phase of dinosaur evolution. Radioisotopic dates from ash layers within the formation provide a chrono-stratigraphic framework, and stratigraphic and sedimetological studies have subdivided the formation into four members and three abundance-based biozones. We describe two new basal dinosauromorphs, an unnamed lagerpetid and a new silesaurid, Ignotosaurus… 

Vertebrate Taphonomy of the Ischigualasto Formation

ABSTRACT Trends of preservation are established on the basis of 385 fossil occurrences in the Ischigualasto Formation. The distribution and preservational quality of vertebrate fossils are related

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ABSTRACT Trends of preservation are established on the basis of 385 fossil occurrences in the Ischigualasto Formation. The distribution and preservational quality of vertebrate fossils are related

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  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • 2003
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