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Xing L.,China University of Geosciences | Peng G.,Zigong Dinosaur Museum | Marty D.,Office de la Culture Paleontologie A16 | Ye Y.,Zigong Dinosaur Museum | And 5 more authors.
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica | Year: 2014

The Longguan dinosaur tracksite in the Sichuan Basin (China) is described. It is located in the uppermost part of the Upper Triassic Xujiahe Formation and displays a single, unusual trackway consisting of 19 deeply impressed pes imprints. All tracks have suffered from erosion over many years of exposure, but they still reveal interesting details such as conspicuous elongated grooves, interpreted here as toe and claw drag marks. The trackmaker, a medium-sized archosaur, was walking in a thick and relatively soft layer of sand. The elongated, oval shape of the footprints resembles the ichnogenus Eosauropus from North America and Europe, assigned to facultative bipedal sauropodomorphs. The Chinese track differs by inward rotation of the footprints toward the midline, whereas in Eosauropus, these are turned strictly outward. Other ichnotaxa and possible trackmakers are discussed, but presently, a distinct assignment cannot be given. The Longguan trackway enlarges the scarce footprint record from the Triassic of China. © 2014 L. Xing et al.


Xing L.,China University of Geosciences | Klein H.,Saurierwelt Pala ontologisches Museum | Lockley M.G.,University of Colorado at Denver | Kan Z.,Geological Survey of Hunan Province | And 3 more authors.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology | Year: 2014

Trackways of archosaurs have recently been discovered in sandstones of the Upper Triassic (Norian-Rhaetian) Baoding Formation of Panzhihua City in southern Sichuan Province, China. Based on their overall-morphology, pes imprints are of characteristic chirotheriid shape showing a compact and symmetrical anterior group of digit traces II-IV with the trace of digit III being the longest, and a posterolaterally positioned, long and slender trace of digit V. Imprints of digit I and the manus are not preserved. This could be related to substrate conditions and the relatively shallow impressions, even if peculiarities in the gait such as overstep of the manus by the pes or bipedal movement cannot completely be excluded. Ichnotaxonomically, the imprints are assigned tentatively to cf. Chirotherium. There are some similarities with the type ichnospecies C. barthii from the Middle Triassic that has a global distribution and that was described also from the Guanling Formation (Middle Triassic) of adjacent Guizhou Province. However, the long and slender digit V that lacks a distinct large oval basal pad, the relatively short stride/step length, the low pace angulation, and the slight inward rotation of the imprints toward the midline are different. The peculiar shape of digit V and the lack of digit I in all imprints also preclude an assignment to the common Late Triassic ichnogenus Brachychirotherium or similar ichnotaxa such as Pseudotetrasauropus. An isolated tridactyl footprint on the same surface is different in shape from the chirotheriid ones by the stronger mesaxony and narrower digit divarication. It is considered here as a possible large grallatorid. This is the first occurrence of tetrapod footprints in the Baoding Formation of Sichuan Province and the second record of chirotheriids in the Triassic of China. The Baoding Formation has also yielded a characteristic Upper Triassic flora with cycads, filicopsids, gingkos, and conifers as well as bivalve fossils. The depositional environment can be designated as fluvial-lacustrine with occasional opening to marine areas. Considering biostratigraphic and palaeobiogeographic aspects, the late occurrence of chirotheriids cf. Chirotherium in China supports the view that basal crown-group archosaurs with a distinct tendency toward a functionally tridactyl pes developed and dispersed in parallel to typical tridactyl dinosaurs. •New chirothere and grallatorid footprints enrich the Late Triassic record from China.•Chirotheriids show morphological peculiarities and are assigned to cf. Chirotherium.•Trackmakers were basal archosaurs with a functionally tridactyl pes and theropods. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.


Xing L.,China University of Geosciences | Lockley M.G.,University of Colorado at Denver | Yang G.,Bureau of Mineral Resources | Mayor A.,Stanford University | And 6 more authors.
Ichnos:an International Journal of Plant and Animal | Year: 2015

Cretaceous tetrapod (dinosaur and pterosaur) tracks from Zhaojue County in Sichuan Province are locally very abundant. Large scale quarrying operations at the Sanbiluoga Copper Mine site have produced extensive exposures, and track material for detailed study. However, natural track-bearing outcrops also occur at a site in Jiefang Township. The traditions of the local Yi people, indigenous to the area, attribute such tracks to Zhigealu, a central creator hero-ancestor, who made the footprints while riding his heavenly steed through the area. Through seeing tracks exposed by quarrying the local people offered these legend-based interpretations, and reported the Jiefang site which was previously unknown to scientists from outside the area. Thus, it is important to pay attention to local legends about track makers since they may lead directly to significant fossil footprint discoveries. Thereby paleontology and ichnological research can benefit largely from archeological sciences as well as from oral narratives from the local people. The recently discovered sauropod trackway from Jiefang is an excellent example. It comprises 16 pes-manus sets arranged in a narrow-gauge pattern. A peculiarity is the combination of this feature with morphological characteristics known from typical wide-gauge Brontopodus trackways suggesting a tentative assignment to cf. Brontopodus. The discovery enlarges the distribution and diversity of Brontopodus-like trackways and their producers in the Cretaceous Sichuan Basin. © 2015, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Shen C.,Yunnan University | Pratt B.R.,University of Saskatchewan | Lan T.,Yunnan University | Hou J.-B.,Yunnan University | And 3 more authors.
Palaeoworld | Year: 2013

Orsten-type fossils, mainly arthropod juveniles and even tiny embryos exquisitely preserved in apatite, have been well documented from several localities in southern China. This particular type of Lagerstätte is known from just a few places around the world but has led to significant breakthroughs in the understanding of the early diversity of animals and evolution of metazoans. The original 'orsten' from southern Sweden are limestone concretions within black shales, whereas in China this kind of preservation occurs in lime mudstone thin beds and nodules interbedded with shale. Thus there is a taphonomic bias in that this kind of preservation is localized to a deeper water carbonate facies which can be regarded as concretionary due to early cementation under shallow burial. Nonetheless, we observe that even within a laterally extensive bed of the seemingly appropriate lithofacies, preservation may be highly localized. Thus, in addition to the extreme rarity of Orsten-type preservation globally, serendipity in discovering fossiliferous localities plays a significant role. Because of their predominant occurrence in the Cambrian they are also a temporally restricted window. To extract Orsten-type material from the limestone matrix, mild acetic acid digestion has been widely applied, but certain procedures can be employed to aid recovery by limiting damage to these delicate but fragile specimens. Here, we describe our method for etching out specimens and review some of the discoveries recently made in southern China. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. and Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS.


Tong H.,Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology | Danilov I.,Russian Academy of Sciences | Ye Y.,Zigong Dinosaur Museum | Ouyang H.,Chongqing Museum of Natural History | Peng G.,Zigong Dinosaur Museum
Geological Magazine | Year: 2012

The turtle fauna of the Middle Jurassic Xiashaximiao Formation in the Sichuan Basin and the type series of Chengyuchelys baenoides Young & Chow, 1953 are revised. By the absence of a mesoplastron and other shell characters, both the holotype and paratype of Chengyuchelys baenoides belong to the family Xinjiangchelyidae and come probably from the Upper Jurassic Shangshaximiao Formation. The Middle Jurassic turtle assemblage of the Sichuan Basin is composed of two entities: the Bashuchelyidae fam. nov. (Bashuchelys gen. nov., Chuannanchelys gen. nov.) and Protoxinjiangchelys gen. nov. on the one hand, and Sichuanchelys on the other hand, with the former as the dominant group. Bashuchelyids and xinjiangchelyids are closely related to one another, while Sichuanchelys is more primitive and has no shared apomorphic features with bashuchelyids. The whole assemblage appears to be endemic to the Sichuan Basin at genus level and distinct from the Late Jurassic turtle fauna of the same basin in its relict nature and absence of the Polycryptodira. © Cambridge University Press 2011.


Xing L.D.,China University of Geosciences | Lockley M.G.,University of Colorado at Denver | Klein H.,Saurierwelt Palaontologisches Museum | Gierlinski G.D.,JuraPark | And 6 more authors.
Palaeoworld | Year: 2014

Deposits from the Ordos Basin of mid-western China are rich in body fossils and ichnofossils of Early Cretaceous vertebrates. Thousands of Early Cretaceous sauropod, theropod and bird tracks described since 1958 have been found at several localities in the basin. We report two new sites (Dijiaping and Bawangzhuang) in the Luohe Formation of the Ordos Basin, Shaanxi Province, which contain small theropod footprints that are here referred to the ichnogenus Jialingpus. The assignment is based on pad configurations including (1) the large metatarsophalangeal area positioned in line with the axis of digit III, (2) the subdivision of this part into a small pad behind digit II, which in some specimens is close to the general position of the hallux (digit I), and a large metatarsophalangeal pad behind digit IV, and (3) a distinct inter-pad space between metatarsophalangeal pads and proximal phalangeal pads of digits II and III. We re-describe the type material of the type ichnospecies Jialingpus yuechiensis from the Upper Jurassic Penglaizhen Formation of Sichuan Province, proposing a largely amended diagnosis for this ichnotaxon. The presence of a digit I trace in the holotype, indicating a relatively long hallux, and the large metatarsophalangeal area positioned in line with digit III distinguishes Jialingpus from the ichnogenus Grallator and similar tracks that all lack these features. The only difference between Jialingpus specimens from the Cretaceous of the Ordos Basin and those of the Jurassic Penglaizhen Formation is the larger digit divarication in the Cretaceous taxon. This is the fourth record of Jialingpus in China and the second in Cretaceous strata, with the first being those from the Huangyangquan locality in Xinjiang, China. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. and Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS.


Sekiya T.,Zigong Dinosaur Museum | Jin X.,Zhejiang University of Science and Technology | Zheng W.,Zhejiang University of Science and Technology | Shibata M.,Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum | Azuma Y.,Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Historical Biology | Year: 2014

An almost complete skeleton with partial cranial material (ZMNH-M8739) is recovered from the Early or Middle Jurassic of southwest China. ZMNH-M8739 is identified as a juvenile individual of basal sauropodomorph dinosaur, Yunnanosaurus robustus Young, 1951. The revised diagnoses are as follows: absence of anteroposterior expansion on the medial end of astragalus and dorsoventrally compressed medium shaft of the metatarsal IV. Unfused neural arch and finely grooved long bone surface texture indicate that this individual is in the immature growth stage. ZMNH-M8739 possesses the tooth-tooth wear facet on its mesial maxillary and dentary teeth. However, the distal maxillary teeth have coarse serrations. Such a characteristic dentition could represent a unique feeding mechanism of this animal. Finally, ZMNH-M8739 constitutes a monophyletic group with Y. robustus (holotype), and Y. huangi is nesting this clade in the phylogenetic tree of the present analysis. Comparison of juvenile and adult specimen reveals distinctive growth changes of Y. robustus. This clade is positioned in an unnamed clade at a sister taxon of Sauropoda. Finally, some members of the so-called prosauropod dinosaurs constitute a monophyletic group in the present result. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.


Tong H.,CAS Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology | Danilov I.,Russian Academy of Sciences | Ye Y.,Zigong Dinosaur Museum | Ouyang H.,Chongqing Museum of Natural History | And 2 more authors.
Annales de Paleontologie | Year: 2012

The type specimens of the Jurassic turtles from the Sichuan Basin (China) previously referred to plesiochelyid Plesiochelys are revised, which confirm that they belong to the family Xinjiangchelyidae. The study of a large number of additional shell material shows, as the dominant group, the Xinjiangchelyidae were greatly diversified in the Late Jurassic of the Sichuan Basin. By the absence of mesoplastron and other shell characters, Chengyuchelys baenoides is moved to Xinjiangchelyidae and considered as a valid taxon. Of the xinjiangchelyids from the Late Jurassic of Sichuan Basin, four genera are recognized: Chengyuchelys, Tienfuchelys, Yanduchelys and cf. Protoxinjiangchelys. The phylogenetic analysis results in that Chengyuchelys includes C. baenoides, C. latimarginalis and C. radiplicatus, and Tienfuchelys consists of T. tzuyangensis, T. chungkingensis and T. zigongensis. All xinjiangchelyids from the Sichuan Basin are more primitive than Xinjiangchelys in the plastron sutured to the carapace. © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS.


Uramoto G.-I.,Japan Agency for Marine - Earth Science and Technology | Tahara R.,McGill University | Sekiya T.,Zigong Dinosaur Museum | Hirano H.,Waseda University
Geosphere | Year: 2013

Carbon isotope data of terrestrial organic matter (δ13CTOM) obtained in Hokkaido, northern Japan, from the marine Cretaceous Yezo Group along the northwestern Pacifi c margin elucidated a detailed chemostratigraphy for the Turonian Stage in this region of East Asia. Chemostratigraphic intra-basin correlation reveals three positive δ13CTOM events in the Middle-Upper Turonian of the Yezo Group. δ13CTOM fl uctuations in these events show similar patterns in the Yezo Group, indicating that terrestrial organic matter is mixed suffi ciently before deposition in the Yezo Basin. These δ13CTOM events are correlated with previously documented δ13Ccarbonate events in Europe (the Lulworth-Round Down, Glynde-Pewsey, and Late Turonian Events) based on global biostratigraphy. Our chemostrati graphic correlations strengthen the use of these δ13C events for global correlation of the Turonian marine successions. In addition, global correlation of Turonian marine and terrestrial δ13C events identifi es changes in isotopic difference between δ13CTOM and δ13Ccarbonate (ΔTOM-carbonate), which are interpreted to refl ect changes in atmospheric pCO2 levels, and climate-driven stresses of humidity and soil processes. In earlier stages of Turonian, ΔTOM-carbonate values are increased. Elevated atmospheric pCO2, and increased humidity and soil processes in enhanced greenhouse conditions during mid-Turonian, are interpreted to enlarge ΔTOM-carbonate values. In later stages of Turonian, ΔTOM-carbonate values are at a constant level, and the loweringof atmospheric pCO2 or decrease of climate stress related to the diverse paleoclimatic cooling is interpreted to have restored the ocean-atmosphere δ13C trends. © 2013 Geological Society of America.


The present study re-evaluates Chuanjiesaurus anaensis Fang et al., 2000 from the Middle Jurassic of Lufeng, Yunnan, Southwest China. The holotype and a new referred specimen are described in detail, and re-examined osteologically and phylogenetically. In this report, the author proposes several emended diagnoses based on close observations and comparisons of the specimens. Some osteological features reveal that Chuanjiesaurus belongs to Mamenchisauridae. Compared to other mamenchisaurid dinosaurs, C. anaensis possesses relatively primitive characters. The phylogenetic position of C. anaensis was determined according to the present analysis. In addition, the data sets of some taxa of Mamenchisauridae from southwestern China are modified in the present research. The present analysis reveals that C. anaensis, Mamenchisaurus, Tienshanosaurus and Yuanmousaurus constitute a monophyletic group that belongs to relatively derived Eusauropoda. This suggests that Mamenchisauridae could be positioned at a more derived part of Eusauropoda than previously thought. This study confirms that C. anaensis is a member of Mamenchisauridae. © by the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.

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