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A Late Cretaceous mammal from Brazil and the first radioisotopic age for the Bauru Group

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Author(s):
Castro, Mariela C. [1, 2] ; Goin, Francisco J. [3, 4] ; Ortiz-Jaureguizar, Edgardo [3, 5] ; Carolina Vieytes, E. [3, 6] ; Tsukui, Kaori [7] ; Ramezani, Jahandar [7] ; Batezelli, Alessandro [8] ; Marsola, Julio C. A. [1] ; Langer, Max C. [1]
Total Authors: 9
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, FFCLRP, Lab Paleontol, BR-14040901 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Goias, IBiotec, Dept Ciencias Biol, Catalao, Go - Brazil
[3] Consejo Nacl Invest Cient & Tecn, Buenos Aires, DF - Argentina
[4] Univ Nacl La Plata, Fac Ciencias Nat & Museo, Div Paleontol Vertebrados, Paseo Bosque S-N, B1900FWA, La Plata, Buenos Aires - Argentina
[5] Univ Nacl La Plata, Fac Ciencias Nat & Museo, LASBE, Paseo Bosque S-N, B1900FWA, La Plata, Buenos Aires - Argentina
[6] Univ Nacl La Plata, Fac Ciencias Nat & Museo, Div Zool Vertebrados, Paseo Bosque S-N, B1900FWA, La Plata, Buenos Aires - Argentina
[7] MIT, Dept Earth Atmospher & Planetary Sci, Cambridge, MA 02139 - USA
[8] Univ Estadual Campinas, IG, Dept Geol & Nat Resources, Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE; v. 5, n. 5 MAY 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 4
Abstract

In the last three decades, records of tribosphenidan mammals from India, continental Africa, Madagascar and South America have challenged the notion of a strictly Laurasian distribution of the group during the Cretaceous. Here, we describe a lower premolar from the Late Cretaceous Adamantina Formation, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. It differs from all known fossil mammals, except for a putative eutherian from the same geologic unity and Deccanolestes hislopi, from the Maastrichtian of India. The incompleteness of the material precludes narrowing down its taxonomic attribution further than Tribosphenida, but it is larger than most coeval mammals and shows a thin layer of parallel crystallite enamel. The new taxon helps filling two major gaps in the fossil record: the paucity of Mesozoic mammals in more northern parts of South America and of tribosphenidans in the Cretaceous of that continent. In addition, high-precision U-Pb geochronology provided a post-Turonian maximal age (<= 87.8 Ma) for the type stratum, which is overlain by the dinosaur-bearing Marilia Formation, constraining the age of the Adamantina Formation at the site to late Coniacian-late Maastrichtian. This represents the first radioisotopic age for the Bauru Group, a key stratigraphic unit for the study of Cretaceous tetrapods in Gondwana. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/23815-2 - Phylogeny and historical biogeography of Dasypodidae (Mammalia, Xenarthra): combined analysis of morphological and molecular characters
Grantee:Mariela Cordeiro de Castro
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/23114-1 - Review of the Carnian (Neotriassic) Sauropodomorpha (Dinosauria) with description of new elements of Saturnalia tupiniquim
Grantee:Júlio Cesar de Almeida Marsola
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/03825-3 - The origin and rise of dinosaurs in Gondwana (late Triassic - early Jurassic)
Grantee:Max Cardoso Langer
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 16/02473-1 - New material of Laquintasaura venezuelae (Ornithischia, Dinosauria), its phylogenetic significance for the early radiation of dinosaurs
Grantee:Júlio Cesar de Almeida Marsola
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 15/17632-5 - Sedimentation and pedogenesis in Cretaceous continental sequences of the Bauru, Sanfranciscana, Parecis and Neuquén basins
Grantee:Alessandro Batezelli
Support type: Regular Research Grants