A vertebrate assemblage of Las Curtiembres Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of northwestern Argentina

Agustín Scanferla, Federico Agnolin, Fernando Novas, Marcelo de la Fuente, Eduardo Bellosi, Ana María Baez, Alberto Cione


We describe an association of fossil vertebrates from the Morales Member of the Las Curtiembres
Formation (Campanian) near Puente Morales, Salta Province, NW Argentina. The fossils include teleostean
fishes, pipid frogs, pleurodiran turtles, mesoeucrocodylians, non-avian theropod dinosaurs, and enantiornithine
birds. The vertebrate record is dominated by freshwater taxa. With the exception of pipid frogs, all taxa here described
constitute new records for this sedimentary unit. Among them, the turtles are reported for the first time
in the Cretaceous of northwestern Argentina (Salta Group). Additionally, the recently published small enantiornithine
Intiornis inexpectatus enlarges the diversity of cretaceous birds from South America. Despite the fragmentary
nature of the specimens, the information provided by this Late Cretaceous assemblage sheds new light on the
composition of the continental vertebrate fauna in a paleontologically poorly known region of South America.

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