A possible bridge between Adria and Africa: New palaeobiogeographic andstratigraphic constraints on the Mesozoic palaeogeography of the CentralMediterranean area

Giuseppe Zarcone, Pietro Di Stefano, Azzurra Cillari, Dario Guzzetta, Fabio M. Petti, Umberto Nicosia

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Abstract

Dinosaur records in central and southern Italy testify to the occurrence of a diverse dinosaur fauna on theApennine and Apulian carbonate platforms at least from the Tithonian to the Santonian. Most of thepalaeogeographic reconstructions show these domains as topographically isolated areas, separated by deeppelagic basins and far from emerged continental areas.Thus, they hardly justify the long-lasting occurrence of these terrestrial vertebrates. Recent studies on theMesozoic Panormide Carbonate Platform (western Sicily) yielded important stratigraphical and palaeonto-logical data, which provide evidence for a convincing explanation of this unresolved problem. The recentdiscovery of a theropod bone in mid-Cretaceous peritidal levels of the Panormide Platform as well as theanomalous subsidence of this palaeogeographic domain, strongly support the existence of a crustal sector(filtering bridge) which connected Africa to Adria
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)154-162
Numero di pagine9
RivistaEarth-Science Reviews
Volume103
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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