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1. chinaXiv:201711.01892 [pdf]

A revision of Anhuichelys Yeh, 1979, the earliest known stem Testudinidae (Testudines: Cryptodira) from the Paleocene of China

TONG Hai-Yan; LI Lu; LI Ding-Sheng; CHEN Li-Min; LI Tao; YU Shu-Hua; YU Guo-Sheng; CHENG Xiao-Qing; DI Ye-Li; Julien CLAUDE
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Our systematic revision of Anhuichelys Yeh, 1979, based on abundant new material from the Paleocene of Qianshan Basin, Anhui Province, China provides evidences for its assignment to the stem Testudinidae. Anhuichelys contains three species in the Paleocene of Qianshan Basin: A. siaoshihensis Yeh, 1979 from the Early Paleocene of Wanghudun Formation, A. tsienshanensis Yeh, 1979 from both Wanghudun and Doumu formations and A. doumuensis sp. nov. from the Middle Paleocene Doumu Formation. A. xinzhouensis Chen, 1983 from the Paleocene of Xinzhou, Hubei Province is synonymized with A. tsienshanensis. Associated with a terrestrial vertebrate fauna, Anhuichelys is likely a land turtle and also the first testudinoid to develop the hinge on the shell.

submitted time 2017-11-07 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits885Downloads211 Comment 0

2. chinaXiv:201708.00327 [pdf]

High-precision temporal calibration of Middle Triassic vertebrate biostratigraphy: U-Pb zircon constraints for the Sinokannemeyeria Fauna and Yonghesuchus

LIU Jun; Jahandar RAMEZANI; LI Lu; SHANG Qing-Hua; XU Guang-Hui; WANG Yan-Yin; YANG Jia-Sheng
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geology

Tetrapod assemblages provide a useful means for global correlation of the terrestrial Triassic sedimentary deposits, but currently no reliable temporal framework has been achieved for the Middle Triassic tetrapod assemblages. Here we report U-Pb zircon chemical abrasion–thermal ionization mass spectrometry dates for five volcanic ashes interbedded with vertebrate fossils from the Ermaying and Tongchuan formations of China. Our results support a late Anisian age for the Sinokannemeyeria Fauna and an early Ladinian age for Yonghesuchus Fauna. It is now possible, through biostratigraphic correlation, to provide accurate ages to other Middle Triassic successions such as the Upper Cynognathus Assemblage Zone of the Karoo of South Africa, the Eryosuchus fauna of the Donguz Suite of Russia and the Karamayi Formation of Xinjiang, China. The base of Anisian (Lower/Middle Triassic boundary) should lie below the base of the Ermaying Formation in the Ordos Basin. 四足动物组合带是全球陆相三叠系对比的有力手段,但是迄今为止中三叠世的四足动物组合尚没有可靠的时间框架。本文报道了五个采自二马营组和铜川组,与四足动物化石共同产出的火山凝灰岩样品的锆石化学剥蚀-热电离质谱法年龄。结果表明中国肯氏兽动物群时代为安尼期晚期,而永和鳄的时代为拉丁期早期。通过生物地层对比,这一结果还为其他中三叠世的四足动物组合,如南非的犬颌兽带上部、俄罗斯的引鳄动物群以及新疆的克拉玛依组提供了准确的年龄。鄂尔多斯盆地下中三叠统界线应低于二马营组底界。

submitted time 2017-08-24 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits946Downloads322 Comment 0

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