Lower Cretaceous Mesoeucrocodylians from Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden)
Summary, in English
The crocodyliform faunas of the lowermost Cretaceous Rabekke and Jydegard Formations on the Baltic island of Bornholm, Denmark, and the Annero Formation of Skane, southernmost Sweden, are represented by isolated teeth, osteoderms, and vertebrae. The rich Berriasian assemblage of the Rabekke Formation includes at least three distinctive taxa: Bernissartia sp., Theriosuchus sp., and Goniopholis sp., an association that is also known from several other contemporaneous European vertebrate localities. In contrast to this fauna, the Jydegard and Annero Formations have yielded only rare mesoeucrocodylian remains, which are assigned to Theriosuchus sp. and an undetermined mesoeucrocodylian taxon, possibly Pholidosaurus. Geographically, the Scandinavian localities represent the easternmost and northernmost distribution of typical continental Jurassic-Cretaceous crocodyliform communities in Europe. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.