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Cenomanian-Turonian marine amniote remains from the Saxonian Cretaceous Basin of Germany
Nat Kundemuseum Bielefeld, Abt Geowissensch, Adenauerpl 2, D-33602 Bielefeld, Germany.;Hof 9, D-51766 Engelskirchen, Germany..
Senckenberg Nat Hist Sammlungen Dresden, Museum Mineral & Geol, Sekt Palaozool, Konigsbrucker Landstr 156, D-01109 Dresden, Germany..
Idastr 13, D-49479 Ibbenburen, Germany..
Fuhlsbuttler Str 611, D-22337 Hamburg, Germany..
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2017 (English)In: Geological Magazine, ISSN 0016-7568, E-ISSN 1469-5081, Vol. 154, no 2, p. 237-246Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 Dolzschen Formation and upper Turonian Strehlen and Weinbohla 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 Munsterland 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.

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CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS , 2017. Vol. 154, no 2, p. 237-246
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Plesiosauria, Protostegidae, Late Cretaceous, central Europe
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Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-320844DOI: 10.1017/S0016756815001004ISI: 000395444700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-320844DiVA, id: diva2:1091386
Available from: 2017-04-26 Created: 2017-04-26 Last updated: 2017-04-26Bibliographically approved

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