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Carboniferous tetrapod footprints from the Lublin Basin, SE Poland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Evolution and Developmental Biology.
2015 (English)In: GFF, ISSN 1103-5897, Vol. 137, no 1, 57-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Evidence of tetrapod footprints is scarce in the Carboniferous rocks of Europe and only a dozen sites have been found. Here is presented the first description of the Carboniferous tetrapod traces collected from the Bogdanka Coal Mine, Lublin Basin, south-eastern Poland. The footprints occur in reddish, white-gray sandstone or black-brown siltstone-mudstone, fluvial and lacustrine in origin, of the Westphalian A and B (about 315 and 310Ma, lower-middle Pennsylvanian) of the Lublin Formation. Based on the study of 19 specimens (isolated and usually poorly preserved manus or pes imprints), I discern two distinct types of tetrapod footprints and also problematic traces (or scratches) made by swimming tetrapods. Footprints are assigned to the two ichnotaxa: Batrachichnus-Limnopus plexus and aff. Pseudobradypus isp. Traces described as Tetrapoda indet. A-C represent poorly preserved footprints, which are similar to the ichnogenera Ichniotherium, Dimetropus and Attenosaurus. The described trace fossils were produced by small amphibians (temnospondyls) and medium-sized amniotes (reptiliomorphs and reptiles). The tetrapod ichnofauna from the Bogdanka Coal Mine is similar in composition to Pennsylvanian ichnofaunas from Europe and North America.

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2015. Vol. 137, no 1, 57-65 p.
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Pennsylvanian, Poland, Carboniferous, Lublin Basin, tetrapod footprints, Westphalian
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247434DOI: 10.1080/11035897.2014.945618ISI: 000349787800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-247434DiVA: diva2:796828
Available from: 2015-03-20 Created: 2015-03-18 Last updated: 2015-03-20Bibliographically approved

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