Demopolis Chalk

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Demopolis Chalk
Stratigraphic range: Upper Cretaceous
Type Geological formation
Unit of Selma Group
Sub-units Bluffport Marl Member
Underlies Ripley Formation
Overlies Mooreville Chalk Formation
Primary Chalk
Region Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee
Country  United States
Type section
Named for Demopolis, Alabama

The Demopolis Chalk is a geological formation in North America, within the U.S. states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The chalk was formed by pelagic sediments deposited along the eastern edge of the Mississippi embayment during the middle Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous.[1] It is a unit of the Selma Group and consists of the upper Bluffport Marl Member and a lower unnamed member.[2] Dinosaur and mosasaur remains are among the fossils that have been recovered from the Demopolis Chalk.[2][3]

Vertebrate paleofauna[edit]


Cartilaginous fish[edit]

Cartilaginous fish of the Demopolis Chalk Formation
Genus Species Presence Notes Images


C. appendiculata[2]

A cretoxyrhinid

Squalicorax sp.


Scapanorhynchus sp.[2]

A mitsukurinid


S. kaupi


S. pristodontus[2]


I. mira[2]

A sclerorhynchid

Bony fish[edit]

Bony fish of the Demopolis Chalk Formation
Genus Species Presence Notes Images


E. petrosus[2]

An enchodontid

Enchodus petrosus


P. gladius[2]

A xiphiid


X. vetus[4]

An ichthyodectid



Indeterminate hadrosaurid remains have been found in Tennessee.[3] Possible indeterminate tyrannosaurid remains have been found in Alabama.[3]

Dinosaurs of the Demopolis Chalk Formation
Genus Species Presence Notes Images


A. montgomeriensis[1][3]

Geographically present in Alabama.[3]

A tyrannosauroid



Mosasaurs of the Demopolis Chalk
Genus Species Presence Notes Images


M. conodon[2]

A mosasaurine


P. primaevus[5]

A plioplatecarpine


P. rapax

A mosasaurine

P. solvayi[2]


Plesiosaurs of the Demopolis Chalk
Genus Species Presence Notes Images


Elasmosaurus sp.[2]

An elasmosaurid

Elasmosaurus sp.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Carr, T.D., Williamson, T.E., & Schwimmer, D.R. 2005. A new genus and species of tyrannosauroid from the Late Cretaceous (middle Campanian) Demopolis Formation of Alabama. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(1): 119–143.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kiernan, Caitlin R. (2002). "Stratigraphic distribution and habitat segregation of mosasaurs in the Upper Cretaceous of western and central Alabama, with an historical review of Alabama mosasaur discoveries". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 22 (1): 91–103. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2002)022[0091:SDAHSO]2.0.CO;2. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Weishampel, David B; et al. (2004). "Dinosaur distribution (Late Cretaceous, North America)." In: Weishampel, David B.; Dodson, Peter; and Osmólska, Halszka (eds.): The Dinosauria, 2nd, Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 574-588. ISBN 0-520-24209-2.
  4. ^ Schwimmer, D. R.; Stewart, J. D.; Williams, G. Dent (1997). "Xiphactinus vetus and the Distribution of Xiphactinus Species in the Eastern United States". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 17 (3): 610–615. doi:10.1080/02724634.1997.10011007. 
  5. ^ Everhart, Mike (2008-04-18). "The Platecarpus Collection: A virtual collection of Platecarpus specimens from Kansas and elsewhere". Oceans of Kansas Paleontology. Retrieved 2009-02-02.