Lohan Cura Formation
|Lohan Cura Formation
Stratigraphic range: Late Aptian - Albian
|Sub-units||Puesto Quiroga Member
Cullín Grande Member
|Overlies||La Amarga Formation
Bajada Colorada Formation
|Region||Río Negro, Mendoza & Neuquén Provinces|
The Lohan Cura Formation is a geologic formation with outcrops in the Argentine provinces of Río Negro, Neuquén, and Mendoza. It is the second oldest Cretaceous terrestrial formation in the Neuquén Basin.
The Lohan Cura Formation unconformably overlies the terrestrial La Amarga Formation. In some places it also overlies the older marine Agrio and Bajada Colorada Formations of the Mendoza Group through the same unconformity. It is in turn overlain by the Candeleros Formation of the Neuquén Group, separated by another unconformity. The Lohan Cura correlates with the Rayoso Formation in some areas.
The Lohan Cura Formation contains two members of roughly equal thickness.
The lower (and therefore older) of the two is the Puesto Quiroga Member, approximately 85 meters thick. The lowest sediments in this formation are conglomerates, overlain by sandstones and siltstones. The upper two-thirds of the member consists mainly of shales.
The Cullín Grande Member is the upper member within the formation, about 92 meters thick, which contains numerous stream channels in sandstone. By the top of the column, siltstones and claystones become dominant.
- several turtles (including 2 species of Prochelidella)
- rebbachisaurid sauropods
- possible titanosaurian sauropods (including Agustinia and Ligabuesaurus)
The rebacchisaurid Rayososaurus comes from the correlating Rayoso Formation in this same area.
|Dinosaurs of the Lohan Cura Formation|
Geographically located in the provincia de Nequen, Argentina.
Dorsal sacral and caudal neural arches, hindlimb elements, and pelvic fragments (the latter misidentified as osteoderms).
- Weishampel, David B; et al. (2004). "Dinosaur distribution (Early Cretaceous, South America)." In: Weishampel, David B.; Dodson, Peter; and Osmólska, Halszka (eds.): The Dinosauria, 2nd, Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 563-570. ISBN 0-520-24209-2.
- "Table 13.1," in Weishampel, et al. (2004). Page 267.
- Leanza, H.A, Apesteguia, S., Novas, F.E. & de la Fuente, M.S. 2004. Cretaceous terrestrial beds from the Neuquén Basin (Argentina) and their tetrapod assemblages. Cretaceous Research. 25(1): 61-87.