Collection of up-to-date, highly diverse, interdisciplinary research articles
Description of new and historical, exceptional fossils from Lithographic Limestone and Plattenkalk Lagerstätten
Indispensable reading for invertebrate and vertebrate palaeontology researchers
This full-colour book assembles the proceedings papers of the “5th International Symposium on Lithographic Limestone and Plattenkalk”, which was held 2009 at the Natural History Museum in Basel (Switzerland). The contributions are highlights from the Symposium and they are from active researchers and research groups. They cover a wide range of topics with the main focus on vertebrate palaeontology (Mesozoic fishes, sauropterygians, pterosaurs, artiodactyls) and invertebrate palaeontology (developmental biology of crustaceans, limulid locomotion, functional morphology of Saccocoma, trace fossils). In addition to this, other papers focus on palaeoenvironments and carbonate sedimentology (terminology & classification, role of microbial mats), as well as descriptions of new occurrences of Lithographic Limestone and Plattenkalk (Cambrian of China, Eocene of Croatia). The studied material includes exceptionally well-preserved fossils, classical palaeontological approaches (history of palaeontology, taxonomy with description of several new taxa, faunal reviews, tooth histology, Relative Warp Analysis, ichnology) and new methods such as composite-fluorescence imaging microscopy. The high diversity of these up-to-date papers highlights the importance of interdisciplinary scientific congresses and studies. Furthermore, it confirms that Lithographic Limestone and Plattenkalk deposits are amongst the most important Fossil Lagerstätten in the world and remain a major source for palaeobiological data. Therefore, the present book is a must for palaeontologists, palaeobiologists, and sedimentologists alike that are involved in studies of Lithographic Limestone and Plattenkalk Fossil Lagerstätten.
Preface: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Lithographic Limestone Plattenkalk.- Compaction-formed platy limestone from the Middle Cambrian Zhangxia Formation (Western Hills, China): towards a new classification for bedded limestone.- A new azhdarchoid pterosaur from the Cenomanian (Late Cretaceous) of Lebanon.- The oldest azhdarchoid pterosaur from the Late Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone (Early Tithonian) of Southern Germany.- A giant limulid trackway (Kouphichnium lithographicum) from the lithographic limestones of Cerin (Late Kimmeridgian, France): ethological and environmental implications.- Scombroclupea occidentalis sp. nov. (Clupeiformes, Teleostei) from the Cenomanian (Cretaceous) Plattenkalk deposits of NE Mexico.- The importance of lithographic limestones for revealing ontogenies in fossil crustaceans.- Life and death of Saccocoma tenella (GOLDFUSS).- A new Jurassic cow shark (Chondrichthyes, Hexanchiformes) with comments on Jurassic hexanchiform systematics.- Iberomeryx minor (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) from the Early Oligocene of Soulce (Canton Jura, NW Switzerland): systematics and palaeodiet.- The fish fauna of the Late Jurassic Solothurn Turtle Limestone (NW Switzerland).- Survival of the thinnest: rediscovery of Bauer's (1898) ichthyrosaur tooth sections from Upper Jurassic lithographic limestone quarries, south Germany.- Benkovac Stone (Eocene, Croatia): a deep-sea Plattenkalk?.- Co-occurrence of Neusticosaurus edwardsii and N. peyeri (Reptilia) in the Lower Meride Limestone (Middle Triassic, Monte San Giorgio).