A reappraisal of the cretaceous non-avian dinosaur faunas from Australia and New Zealand: Evidence for their Gondwanan affinities

Agnolin, Federico L.., Ezcurra, Martin D., Pais, Diego F. and Salisbury, Steven W. (2010) A reappraisal of the cretaceous non-avian dinosaur faunas from Australia and New Zealand: Evidence for their Gondwanan affinities. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 8 2: 257-300. doi:10.1080/14772011003594870

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Author Agnolin, Federico L..
Ezcurra, Martin D.
Pais, Diego F.
Salisbury, Steven W.
Title A reappraisal of the cretaceous non-avian dinosaur faunas from Australia and New Zealand: Evidence for their Gondwanan affinities
Journal name Journal of Systematic Palaeontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-2019
Publication date 2010-06
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14772011003594870
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 257
End page 300
Total pages 44
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press for the Natural History Museum
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
040308 Palaeontology (incl.Palynology)
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy
Formatted abstract
It has often been assumed that Australasian Cretaceous dinosaur faunas were for the most part endemic, but with some Laurasian affinities. In this regard, some Australasian dinosaurs have been considered Jurassic relicts, while others were thought to represent typical Laurasian forms or endemic taxa. Furthermore, it has been proposed that some dinosaurian lineages, namely oviraptorosaurians, dromaeosaurids, ornithomimosaurians and protoceratopsians, may have originated in Australia before dispersing to Asia during the Early Cretaceous. Here we provide a detailed review of Cretaceous non-avian dinosaurs from Australia and New Zealand, and compare them with taxa from other Gondwanan landmasses. Our results challenge the traditional view of Australian dinosaur faunas, with the majority of taxa displaying affinities that are concordant with current palaeobiogeographic models of Gondwanan terrestrial vertebrate faunal distribution. We reinterpret putative Australian 'hypsilophodontids' as basal ornithopods (some of them probably related to South American forms), and the recently described protoceratopsians are referred to Genasauria indet. and Ornithopoda indet. Among Theropoda, the Australian pigmy 'Allosaurus' is referred to the typical Gondwanan clade Abelisauroidea. Similarities are also observed between the enigmatic Australian theropod Rapator, Australovenator and the South American carcharodontosaurian Megaraptor. Timimus and putative oviraptorosaurians are referred to Dromaeosauridae. The present revision demonstrates that Australia's non-avian Cretaceous dinosaurian faunas were reminiscent of those found in other, roughly contemporaneous, Gondwanan landmasses, and are suggestive of faunal interchange with these regions via Antarctica.
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Keyword Australia
New Zealand
Polar dinosaurs
Predatory dinosaur
Carcharodontosaurid Dinosauria
Abelisauroid Dinosauria
Carnosaur Dinosauria
Northeastern China
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Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
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