Découverte d’un dépôt paralique à bois fossiles, ambre insectifère et restes d’Iguanodontidae (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) dans le Cénomanien inférieur de Fouras (Charente-Maritime, Sud-Ouest de la France)

Didier NÉRAUDEAU, Ronan ALLAIN, Vincent PERRICHOT, Blaise VIDET, France de LAPPARENT de BROIN, François GUILLOCHEAU, Marc PHILIPPE, Jean-Claude RAGE & Romain VULLO

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 2 (3) - Pages 221-230

Published on 30 April 2003

A new Early-Cenomanian paralic deposit with fossil wood, amber with insects and Iguanodontidae (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) at Fouras (Charente-Maritime, southwestern France). Early Cenomanian estuarine deposits with fossil wood, amber with included insects and a bone bed have been discovered on the tidal flat of the Fouras Peninsula (Charente-Maritime, southwestern France), consequently to a tempest that had removed the sand and mud coverings of the shore. The assemblage of fossil wood contains three taxa of conifers (Agathoxylon, Podocarpoxylon, Brachyoxylon) and a Ginkgoxylon. The insects from the amber correspond to Diptera, Hymenoptera and Homoptera. The bone bed contains mainly carapaces of terrestrial turtles (Solemydidae), vertebrae of snakes (Simoliophis), and bones of dinosaurs with maybe the latest record of the genus Iguanodon .


Iguanodontidae, Araucariaceae, amber, insects, Early Cenomanian, palaeoenvironment, southwestern France

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