Two new theropod egg sites from the Late Jurassic Lourinhã Formation, Portugal

Octávio Mateus, Femke Holwerda, Ricardo Araújo, Rui Castanhinha

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Two new Late Jurassic (uppermost Late Kimmeridgian) dinosaur eggshell sites are described, Casal da Rola and Porto das Barcas, both near Lourinhã, central-west Portugal. Casal da Rola yields eggshells with an obliquiprismatic morphotype comparable to those from a nest with the associated fossil embryos from Paimogo, tentatively assigned to the theropod Lourinhanosaurus antunesi. The Porto das Barcas eggshells have a dendrospherulitic morphotype with a prolatocanaliculate pore system. This morphotype was also recognised in eggshells from a clutch with associated Torvosaurus embryos at the Porto das Barcas locality. A preliminary cladistic analysis of eggshell morphology suggests theropod affinities for the Casal da Rola eggs, but is unable to resolve the phylogenetic position of the Porto das Barcas eggs. The eggshells at both sites are preserved in distal flood plain mudstones and siltstones. Carbonate concretions within the deposits indicate paleosol development. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-217
Number of pages12
JournalHistorical Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2014


  • dinosaur eggs
  • Late Jurassic
  • Portugal
  • theropods


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