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Coleoid cephalopods from the plattenkalks of the Upper Jurassic of Southern Germany and from the Upper Cretaceous of Lebanon – A faunal comparison

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The coleoid diversity of the Southern Germany and Lebanon plattenkalks is presented. Both deposits are dominated by vampyropod coleoids. Morphological comparisons suggest that the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian – Santonian) Lebanon fauna includes a mixture of almost unmodified (Trachyteuthis, Dorateuthis), slightly modified (Glyphiteuthis, Rachiteuthis) as well as strongly modified (Palaeoctopus) vampyropods compared to the Upper Jurassic (Tithonian) Solnhofen fauna. In both Konservat-Lagerstätten belemnoid coleoids are rare. There is no evidence for the presence of decabrachiate coleoids neither in the Solnhofen nor in the Lebanon plattenkalks.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-07-01

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