A second specimen of Blikanasaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) and the biostratigraphy of the lower Elliot Formation

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dc.contributor.author Yates, Adam M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-18T07:38:28Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-18T07:38:28Z
dc.date.issued 2008-04
dc.identifier.issn 0078-8554
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net10539/13807
dc.description.abstract A second specimen of the rare basal sauropod Blikanasaurus cromptoni, is recorded from a site in the Ladybrand district of the Eastern Free State, South Africa. The specimen consists of a right metatarsal 1 that originated from the upper 20mof the lower Elliot Formation. It can be referred to B. cromptoni on the basis of its small size and highly robust proportions, which distinguish this taxon from all other sauropodomorphs. This record extends the geographic distribution of B. cromptoni north into the region of the main Karoo Basin where the Elliot Formation is dramatically thinner. It also extends the known stratigraphic range of B. cromptoni up from the base of the Elliot Formation into a position near the top of the lower member. This new record, combined with other new discoveries, supports the hypothesis that the thin northern part of the lower Elliot Formation is a condensed section that is largely, if not entirely, coeval with the thicker southern sections. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, university of the Witwatersrand en_ZA
dc.subject basal sauropod en_ZA
dc.subject Blikanasaurus en_ZA
dc.subject Triassic en_ZA
dc.subject biostratigraphy en_ZA
dc.subject Karoo Basin en_ZA
dc.subject Elliot Formation en_ZA
dc.title A second specimen of Blikanasaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) and the biostratigraphy of the lower Elliot Formation en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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