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A re-evaluation of the historical "dinosaur' remains from the Middle-Upper Triassic of Poland
Univ Wroclaw, Dept Evolutionary Biol & Conservat Vertebrates, Fac Biol Sci, Wroclaw, Poland..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1163-9366
Glogowska 227c, PL-60111 Poznan, Poland..
Univ Warsaw, Dept Palaeobiol & Evolut, Fac Biol, Biol & Chem Res Ctr, Warsaw, Poland..
Siemiradzkiego 19-23, PL-43300 Bielsko Biala, Poland..
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2017 (English)In: Historical Biology, ISSN 0891-2963, E-ISSN 1029-2381, Vol. 29, no 4, 442-472 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The so-called historical Polish discoveries of Triassic dinosaurs' have been repeatedly cited in papers and popular science books. Here, we re-evaluate each historical and purported Triassic dinosaur find from Poland. Additionaly, we describe several supposed dinosaur' bones collected by Polish geologists but only briefly mentioned: in regional geological journals, on collection labels, or in field notes. We attempt to assign all investigated specimens to the least inclusive taxon possible. Our revision indicates that part of this material represents non-dinosaur archosauromorph taxa. Most of the analysed specimens are fragmentary bones or isolated teeth and are indistinguishable from skeletal elements described from other well-known Triassic archosauromorph taxa. We conclude that fossils of dinosauriforms are present in the Upper Triassic of Silesia and Holy Cross Mountains. New analysis of Velocipes guerichi von Huene, 1932 holotype specimen from Kocury shows that it is the proximal part of fibula of a medium-sized theropod (or even neotheropod). Formally undescribed part of dinosauriform limb bone from the Holy Cross Mountains and V. guerichi from Silesia are the only identifiable dinosauromorph skeletal remains recognised in the Polish Triassic discovered prior to the description of Silesaurus opolensis Dzik, 2003 from the Upper Carnian of Krasiejow.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2017. Vol. 29, no 4, 442-472 p.
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Archosauromorpha, Dinosauriformes, Theropoda, Triassic, Silesia, Holy Cross Mountains
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Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321033DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2016.1188385ISI: 000395149600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321033DiVA: diva2:1091832
Available from: 2017-04-28 Created: 2017-04-28 Last updated: 2017-04-28Bibliographically approved

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