DÍAZ MARTÍNEZ Ignacio
First evidence of Hadrosauropodus in Gondwana (Yacoraite Formation, Maastrichtian-Danian), Northwestern Argentina
IGNACIO DÍAZ MARTÍNEZ; SILVINA DE VALAIS; CARLOS CÓNSOLE GONELLA
JOURNAL OF AFRICAN EARTH SCIENCES - (Print)
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2016
Uppermost Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian) large ornithopod tracks are scarce in Gondwana. This record is limited to few citations in the northern Argentina, Peru and possibly Bolivia, although their ichnological affinities are still under discussion. Recently, a new vertebrate tracksite with large ornithopod tracks has been found in the Maimará locality, Jujuy province, Argentina, from the Yacoraite Formation (Maastrichtian-Danian). The best preserved track is characterized by having large and bilobed heel impression and wide and short digit impressions with blunt claw marks. This record represents the unambiguous record of large ornithopod tracks in Gondwana in the Uppermost Cretaceous, and its features allow classifying it as Hadrosauropodus. Previously, this ichnotaxon had exclusively Laurasian distribution. Therefore, this record is the first evidence of Hadrosauropodus from Gondwana expanding the geographic range of this ichnogenus. A member of Hadrosauridae is reinforced as possible trackmaker of the Hadrosauropodus tracks. Uppermost Cretaceous hadrosaurid dinosaurs are scarce in Gondwana, being the record limited to Patagonia, La Pampa province and Antarctica. Therefore, the Maimará tracks increase the knowledge of this kind of dinosaur from Gondwana.