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Reconstruction of Middle Jurassic dinosaur-dominated communities from the vertebrate ichnofauna of the Cleveland Basin of Yorkshire, UK

Whyte, Martin; Romano, Mike; Elvidge, Danny

Authors

Martin Whyte

Mike Romano

Danny Elvidge Danny.Elvidge@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Building Physics and Services



Abstract

Globally, skeletal remains of dinosaurs are particularly rare throughout much of the Middle Jurassic. Thus, other sources of evidence, and most importantly ichnofaunas, are important indicators of the contemporary terrestrial vertebrate communities. The outcrops of the Ravenscar Group (Aalenian-Bajocian) within the Cleveland Basin of Yorkshire, UK, which have recently been recognised as a megatracksite of global significance, provide one such major source of ichnofaunal information of this age. A comprehensive database on the variety and occurrence of dinosaur and other vertebrate traces within the Ravenscar Group has been built from a long-term and detailed study of the sequence. Thirty different and distinct morphotypes of vertebrate traces have been recognised and are being analysed and further differentiated morphometrically. Some of the morphotypes represent behavioural, preservational and perhaps ontogenetic variants of other morphotypes, but nevertheless the range of quadrupedal and bipedal prints allows an overall fauna of sauropod, stegosaurian, ornithopod and theropod dinosaurs along with crocodiles, pond turtles and fish to be reconstructed. The distribution and abundance of prints and print types within the succession shows evidence of environmental control on the behaviour and distribution of the vertebrates. Case studies highlight both the advantages and disadvantages of this type of data in reconstructing palaeocommunities.

Citation

Whyte, M., Romano, M., & Elvidge, D. (2007). Reconstruction of Middle Jurassic dinosaur-dominated communities from the vertebrate ichnofauna of the Cleveland Basin of Yorkshire, UK. Ichnos, 14(1-2), 117-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/10420940601010802

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 26, 2007
Publication Date Jan 26, 2007
Deposit Date May 13, 2020
Publicly Available Date
Journal Ichnos: An International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces
Print ISSN 1042-0940
Electronic ISSN 1563-5236
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 1-2
Pages 117-129
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10420940601010802
Keywords Dinosaur tracks, Middle Jurassic, Ravenscar Group, Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire, communities, ichnofauna
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/5963907


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