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Flora and fauna from a new Famennian (Upper Devonian) locality at Becco, eastern Belgium
Royal Belgian Inst Nat Sci, Lab Paleontol, OD Earth & Hist Life, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.;Univ Liege, Dept Geol, Evolut & Divers Dynam Lab, B-4000 Liege, Belgium..
Museum Natl Hist Nat Paris, UMR MNHN CNRS Paris CR2P 6 7207, F-75231 Paris 05, France..
Univ Liege, Dept Geol, Evolut & Divers Dynam Lab, B-4000 Liege, Belgium.;Univ Queensland, Sch Earth Sci, St Lucia, Qld 4068, Australia..
Univ Lille 1, Earth Sci Dept SN5, F-59655 Villeneuve Dascq, France..
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2015 (English)In: Geologica Belgica, ISSN 1374-8505, E-ISSN 2034-1954, Vol. 18, no 2-4, 92-101 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The Becco locality (Liege province), belongs to the Theux tectonic window and represents a proximal, probably fluvial, environment corresponding to a channel infill. We present here a preliminary report of the fossil assemblage discovered at the locality. The Becco site has yielded a diverse flora of early seed plants including Moresnetia zalesskyi, Dorinnotheca streeli and Condrusia sp. This assemblage, characteristic of the Belgian Famennian, highlights the diversity of early spermatophytes in the country. Becco has also delivered a rich vertebrate fauna with antiarch, groenlandaspid and phyllolepid placoderms, diplacanthiform acanthodians, as well as actinopterygians and various sarcopterygians. The fossiliferous assemblage of Becco resembles those of several Devonian tetrapod-bearing localities, including that of Strud in Belgium, and could therefore provide a favorable palaeoecological setting in the search for early tetrapods.

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2015. Vol. 18, no 2-4, 92-101 p.
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Acanthodians, actinopterygians, early seed plants, fluvial facies, Namur-Dinant Basin, placoderms, sarcopterygians
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-275497ISI: 000367361300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-275497DiVA: diva2:900371
Available from: 2016-02-04 Created: 2016-02-04 Last updated: 2016-02-04Bibliographically approved

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