A NEW DICTYOPYGID FROM THE CAVE SANDSTONE OF LESOTHO, SOUTHERN AFRICA
Gardiner, B. G.
BERNARD PRICE INSTITUTE FOR PALAEONTOLOGICAL RESEARCH
The Lower Triassic of South Africa has yielded an array of early dictyopygids (Brough, 1931, 1936) yet none of those advanced dictyopygids so characteristic of the Upper Triassic of North America (Schaeffer, 1967) has so far been recorded from the African continent. The geographical distribution of the dictyopygids appears to be a discontinuous one with the Lower Triassic forms coming mainly from South Africa, the Middle Triassic ones from Australia and the Upper Triassic forms from North America. It is thus surprising to find a seemingly advanced dictyopygid in the rather unfossiliferous Cave Sandstone of Lesotho.