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New record of Egertonia (Elopiformes, Phyllodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous of South India

Halliday, TJD; Cuff, AR; Prasad, GVR; Thanglemmoi, MS; Goswami, A; (2016) New record of Egertonia (Elopiformes, Phyllodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous of South India. Papers in Palaeontology , 2 (2) pp. 287-294. 10.1002/spp2.1040. Green open access

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Abstract

We report a new occurrence of the phyllodontid teleost fish Egertonia from the Late Cretaceous Kallamedu Formation of the Cauvery Basin, South India. This is the oldest occurrence of Phyllodontidae in India, and only the second Cretaceous Gondwanan occurrence of this genus, following a toothplate previously described from the Late Cretaceous Maevarano Formation, Madagascar. The presence of phyllodontid fish supports a fluvial-deltaic or brackish environment for the lower part of the Kallamedu Formation, a rich deposit including typically Gondwanan taxa, such as simosuchid crocodiles, bothremydid turtles and abelisaurid dinosaurs, as well as an anomalous troodontid dinosaur. Egertonia adds another taxon of primarily Laurasian distribution to the Kallamedu fauna and further expands the list of taxa known from the Late Cretaceous of both India and Madagascar, strengthening the degree of faunal similarity between the two landmasses in the latest Cretaceous.

Type: Article
Title: New record of Egertonia (Elopiformes, Phyllodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous of South India
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1040
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/spp2.1040
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Halliday, TJD; Cuff, AR; Prasad, GVR; Thanglemmoi, MS; Goswami, A; (2016) New record of Egertonia (Elopiformes, Phyllodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous of South India. Papers in Palaeontology, 2 (2) pp. 287-294, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/spp2.1040. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms).
Keywords: Teleostei; Phyllodontidae; Late Cretaceous; Gondwana; India; palaeobiogeography
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474050
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