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An introduction to the Mesozoic biotas of Scandinavia and its Arctic territories
Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University.
Department of Geology, Lund University.
Natural History Museum, University of Oslo.
Geomuseum Faxe/Østsjællands Museum.
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2016 (English)In: Geological Society, London, Special Publications, ISSN ISSN 0305-8719, Vol. 434, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Mesozoic biotas of Scandinavia have been studied for nearly two centuries. However, the last 15 years have witnessed an explosive advance in research, most notably on the richly fossiliferous Triassic (Olenekian–Carnian) and Jurassic (Tithonian) Lagersta¨tten of the Norwegian Arctic Svalbard archipelago, Late Cretaceous (Campanian) Kristianstad Basin and Vomb Trough of Skåne in southern Sweden, and the UNESCO heritage site at Stevns Klint in Denmark – the latter constituting one of the most complete Cretaceous–Palaeogene (Maastrichtian–Danian) boundary sections known globally. Other internationally significant deposits include earliest (Induan) and latest Triassic (Norian–Rhaetian) strata from the Danish autonomous territory of Greenland, and the Early Jurassic (Sinemurian–Pliensbachian) to Early Cretaceous (Berriasian) rocks of southern Sweden and the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm, respectively. Marine palaeocommunities are especially well documented, and comprise prolific benthic macroinvertebrates, together with pelagic cephalopods, chondrichthyans, actinopterygians and aquatic amniotes (ichthyopterygians, sauropterygians and mosasauroids). Terrestrial plant remains (lycophytes, sphenophytes, ferns, pteridosperms, cycadophytes, bennettitaleans and ginkgoes), including exceptionally well-preserved carbonized flowers, are also world famous, and are occasionally associated with faunal traces such as temnospondyl amphibian bones and dinosaurian footprints. While this collective documented record is substantial, much still awaits discovery. Thus, Scandinavia and its Arctic territories represent some of the most exciting prospects for future insights into the spectacular history of Mesozoic life and environments.

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London: Geological Society of London, 2016. Vol. 434, 1-14 p.
Keyword [en]
Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, palaeoclimate, palaeoenvironment, palaeobiology
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Ecosystems and species history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-2048DOI: doi.org/10.1144/SP434.6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-2048DiVA: diva2:1055047
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Swedish Research Council 2015-04264 Utgör mass-utdöenden en driftkraft för evolutionen? Studier från krita-paleogengränsenSwedish Research Council 349-2007-8705 Lund University Carbon Cycle Centre (LUCCI)
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-04264Swedish Research Council, 349-2007-8705
Available from: 2016-12-10 Created: 2016-12-10 Last updated: 2016-12-10Bibliographically approved

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