CARBALLIDO Jose Luis
New rebbachisaurid remains from the Huincul Formation (Middle Cenomanian Early Turonian) of the Central Neuquén Basin, Patagonia, Argentina
BELLARDINI F.; FILLIPI, L.,; GARRIDO, A. C.; CARBALLIDO J. L.; BAIANO, M.
Publicación Electrónica de la Asociación Paleontológica Argentina
Lugar: Buenos Aires; Año: 2022 vol. 22 p. 1 - 24
t. In the central Neuquén Basin, the Huincul Formation comprises thick successions of Upper Cretaceous fluvial deposits widely exposed at the south and north-west of Huincul High. The vertebrate fossil record from the Huincul Formation is very abundant, especially considering the saurischian dinosaurs, including several theropod (Mapusaurus, Taurovenator, Aoniraptor, Skorpiovenator, Ilokelesia, Gualicho, Overoraptor, Tralkasaurus, and Huinculsaurus) and sauropod specimens (Choconsaurus, Argentinosaurus, Cathartesaura, Limaysaurus, and the indeterminate rebbachisaurid MMCH-Pv-49). In this contribution, we describe new rebbachisaurid sauropod findings from the El Orejano locality (Neuquén Province, Argentina), where coarse sandstones outcrop referred to the lower section of the Huincul Formation. The new material includes three axial elements that we refer to Rebbachisauridae: a partial dorsal neural arch (MAU-Pv-EO-633), an incomplete dorsal vertebra (MAU-Pv-EO-634), and an almost complete caudal vertebra (MAU-Pv-EO-666). These new findings share different features with other members of that family, although show some morphological differences with other rebbachisaurid taxa, which suggest a more diversified fauna in the central Neuquén Basin than previously known, at least during the Cenomanian/Turonian interval. This record from the new fossiliferous locality of El Orejano allows us to improve our knowledge about the morphological diversity of the Rebbachisauridae during the early Late Cretaceous. Furthermore, it represents one of the most modern records of the family, adding new information on the last stages of the evolutionary history of rebbachisaurids.