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Rivers as repositories for fossil vertebrates: a case study from the Upper Cretaceous of southern France.

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An accumulation of vertebrate remains in Late Cretaceous continental deposits at Cruzy (Hérault, south-western France) is studied, using sedimentological (clay mineralogy, granulometry, cathodoluminescence) and taphonomic approaches, in order to reconstruct the depositional environment under which it was formed. The fossil-bearing conglomerates, sands and clays were apparently deposited during brief flood episodes affecting a braided river system, under a “tropical” type of climate with alternating dry and wet seasons. This type of depositional environment shows close similarities with those reconstructed for Late Cretaceous vertebrate sites in Romania.
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hal-01097203 , version 1 (19-12-2014)

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Franck Smektala, Eric Buffetaut, Jean-François Deconinck. Rivers as repositories for fossil vertebrates: a case study from the Upper Cretaceous of southern France.. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 2014, 125 (5-6), pp.567-577. ⟨10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.10.004⟩. ⟨hal-01097203⟩
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