Crocodylomorph eggs and eggshells from the Lourinhã Fm. (Upper Jurassic), Portugal

Translated title of the contribution: Ovos e cascas de crocodilomorfos da formação da lourinhã (Jurássico superior), portugal

João Russo, O. Mateus, A. Balbino, M. Marzola

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Abstract

We here present fossil Crocodylomorpha eggshells from the Upper Jurassic Lourinhã Formation of Portugal, recovered from five sites: one nest from Cambelas with 13 eggs, and three partial eggs and various fragments from, Paimogo N (I), Paimogo S (II), Casal da Rola, and Peralta. All specimens but the nest were found in association with dinosaur egg material. Our research reveals that on a micro- and ultrastructural analysis, all samples present the typical characters consistent with crocodiloid eggshell morphotype, such as the shell unit shape, the organization of the eggshell layers, and the triangular blocky extinction observed with crossed nicols. We assign the material from the Lourinhã Formation to the oofamily Krokolithidae, making it the oldest crocodylomorph eggs known so far, as well as the best record for eggs of non- crocodylian crocodylomorphs. Furthermore, our study indicates that the basic structure of crocodiloid eggshells has remained stable since at least the Upper Jurassic.

Translated title of the contributionOvos e cascas de crocodilomorfos da formação da lourinhã (Jurássico superior), portugal
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
JournalComunicações Geológicas
Volume101
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Crocodiloid
  • Crocodylomorpha
  • Eggshells
  • Krokolithidae
  • Upper Jurassic

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