Lourinhã Formation

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Lourinhã Formation

The Lourinhã Formation is a geological formation in West Portugal, named for the municipality of Lourinhã, from which a wide array of fossils comes. The formation is Late Jurassic in age (Kimmeridgian/Tithonian) and is notable for containing a fauna similar to that of the Morrison Formation in the United States and the Tendaguru beds in Tanzania.

Besides the fossil bones, Lourinhã Formation is well known for the fossil tracks[1] and fossilized dinosaur eggs.[2]

The geological subdivisions are the Amoreira-Porto Novo Members and the Sobral Unit.[3]

Fauna of the Lourinhã Formation[edit]

Flora of the Lourinhã Formation[edit]

  • Pterophyllum mondeguensis
  • Pterophyllum sp.
  • Sphenolepis choffati

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References cited[edit]

  1. ^ A three-dimensionally preserved sauropod manus impression from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal: implications for sauropod manus shape and locomotor mechanics. J Milàn, P Christiansen, O Mateus - Kaupia, 2005
  2. ^ Filling the gaps of dinosaur eggshell phylogeny: Late Jurassic Theropod clutch with embryos from Portugal R Araújo, R Castanhinha, RMS Martins, O Mateus… - Scientific reports, 2013
  3. ^ Weishampel, David B; et al. (2004). "Dinosaur distribution (Late Jurassic, Europe)." In: Weishampel, David B.; Dodson, Peter; and Osmólska, Halszka (eds.): The Dinosauria, 2nd, Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 545–549. ISBN 0-520-24209-2
  4. ^ Osteology of the Late Jurassic Portuguese sauropod dinosaur Lusotitan atalaiensis (Macronaria) and the evolutionary history of basal titanosauriforms. PD Mannion, P Upchurch, RN Barnes, O Mateus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168 (1), 98-206
  5. ^ http://www.livescience.com/1254-europe-stegosaurus-discovered.html
  6. ^ Mateus, O. V.; Mannion, P. D.; Upchurch, P. (2014). "Zby atlanticus, a new turiasaurian sauropod (Dinosauria, Eusauropoda) from the Late Jurassic of Portugal". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34 (3): 618. doi:10.1080/02724634.2013.822875.  edit

Other references[edit]

  • Antunes, M.T. and Mateus, O. (2003). Dinosaurs of Portugal. C. R. Palevol, 2:77-95
  • Mateus, O. (2006). "Late Jurassic dinosaurs from the Morrison Formation, the Lourinhã and Alcobaça Formations (Portugal), and the Tendaguru Beds (Tanzania): a comparison," in Foster, J.R. and Lucas, S. G. R.M., eds., 2006, "Paleontology and Geology of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation." New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 36

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