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The first neoceratopsian dinosaur remains from Europe

Author:
  • Johan Lindgren
  • Philip J. Currie
  • Mikael Siverson
  • Jan Rees
  • Peter Cederstrom
  • Filip Lindgren
Publishing year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 929-937
Publication/Series: Palaeontology
Volume: 50
Issue: 4
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Summary

Shallow marine, nearshore strata of earliest Campanian (Gonioteuthis granulataquadrata belemnite Zone) and latest Early Campanian (informal Belemnellocamax mammillatus belemnite zone) age in the Kristianstad Basin, southern Sweden, have yielded isolated leptoceratopsid teeth and vertebrae, representing the first record of horned dinosaurs from Europe. The new leptoceratopsid occurrence may support a European dispersal route for the Leptoceratopsidae, or may represent an entirely endemic population. The presence of leptoceratopsid teeth in shallow marine deposits contradicts previous hypotheses suggesting that basal neoceratopsians mainly preferred and and/or semi-arid habitats far from coastal areas.

Keywords

  • Geology
  • teeth
  • vertebrae
  • Sweden
  • neoceratopsia
  • leptoceratopsidae
  • campanian
  • ceratopsia

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Published
  • ISSN: 1475-4983