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Expanding the Late Triassic Record of the Dinosaur Precursor Dromomeron romeri: A New Record from the Chinle Formation of Arizona.

A new open access paper from my co-worker, friend, and colleague Adam Marsh documenting a new record of the dinosaur precursor Dromomeron romeri from the Chinle Formation Arizona. This further demonstrates the importance of museum collections and apomorphy based identification work to identify stratigraphic, chronologic, and bibliographical extensions, improving our understanding of early dinosaur distributions.  


Marsh, A. D. 2018. A new record of Dromomeron romeri Irmis et al., 2007 (Lagerpetidae) from the Chinle Formation of Arizona, U.S.A. PaleoBios, 35. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8w5755sg

Abstract -
The relatively recent discovery and contextualization of silesaurid and lagerpetid dinosauromorphs has led to a revolution in understanding the early evolutionary history of the dinosaurian lineage. Lagerpetids are known from North America and South America in Middle and Upper Triassic rocks, especially the Chinle Formation of New Mexico and the Dockum Group of Texas. Until now, only a single specimen of Dromomeron gregorii was known from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of Arizona. However, a new lagerpetid astragalus specimen (MNA V7237) from the Owl Rock Member of the Chinle Formation found on Ward Terrace in the Navajo Nation of Arizona is referred to Dromomeron romeri. MNA V7237 represents the youngest radioisotopically-dated record of Lagerpetidae, indicating that D. romeri persisted throughout the entire Norian (Otischalkian into the Apachean) in North America.


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