Three distinct but overlapping dinosaur-dominated faunas characterize the Upper Cretaceous Djadokhta, Baruungoyot, and Nemegt formations of the Nemegt Basin of Mongolia. Documented faunal differences cannot be explained easily by temporal succession, but can be understood in light of the physical processes controlling the life, death, and burial of taxa. The stratigraphy of the Gobi Desert region records tectonically driven geometries, clearly documenting preservational processes that differ from those acting in most other dinosaur-dominated beds worldwide. Small, asymmetric tectonic gra-bens were filled with Upper Cretaceous dinosaur-bearing deposits showing asymmetric distributions of facies, here termed lithobiotopes. The water-lain fluvial and alluvial plain facies of the Nemegt lithobiotope supported and preserved a fauna dominated by gigantic dinosaurs, but had a preservational bias against smaller animals. The Nemegt passed laterally into the interdune facies of the Baruungoyot lithobiotope, which represented a hostile environment for large species, but preserved smaller animals. This in turn passed laterally into the aeolianite facies of the Djadokhta lithobiotope, which is characterized by the remains of small dinosaurs and a rich fauna of other animals. The Nemegt Gobi Basin can be visualized as an oasis with a central pond supplied with water from ephemeral channels and surrounded by a semi-arid alluvial plain and dune fields. © 2021, Canadian Science Publishing. All rights reserved.

Jerzykiewicz, T., Currie, P.J., Fanti, F., Lefeld, J. (2021). LITHOBIOTOPES OF THE NEMEGT GOBI BASIN. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 58, 829-851 [10.1139/cjes-2020-0148].

LITHOBIOTOPES OF THE NEMEGT GOBI BASIN

Fanti, Federico
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2021

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Three distinct but overlapping dinosaur-dominated faunas characterize the Upper Cretaceous Djadokhta, Baruungoyot, and Nemegt formations of the Nemegt Basin of Mongolia. Documented faunal differences cannot be explained easily by temporal succession, but can be understood in light of the physical processes controlling the life, death, and burial of taxa. The stratigraphy of the Gobi Desert region records tectonically driven geometries, clearly documenting preservational processes that differ from those acting in most other dinosaur-dominated beds worldwide. Small, asymmetric tectonic gra-bens were filled with Upper Cretaceous dinosaur-bearing deposits showing asymmetric distributions of facies, here termed lithobiotopes. The water-lain fluvial and alluvial plain facies of the Nemegt lithobiotope supported and preserved a fauna dominated by gigantic dinosaurs, but had a preservational bias against smaller animals. The Nemegt passed laterally into the interdune facies of the Baruungoyot lithobiotope, which represented a hostile environment for large species, but preserved smaller animals. This in turn passed laterally into the aeolianite facies of the Djadokhta lithobiotope, which is characterized by the remains of small dinosaurs and a rich fauna of other animals. The Nemegt Gobi Basin can be visualized as an oasis with a central pond supplied with water from ephemeral channels and surrounded by a semi-arid alluvial plain and dune fields. © 2021, Canadian Science Publishing. All rights reserved.
2021
Jerzykiewicz, T., Currie, P.J., Fanti, F., Lefeld, J. (2021). LITHOBIOTOPES OF THE NEMEGT GOBI BASIN. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 58, 829-851 [10.1139/cjes-2020-0148].
Jerzykiewicz, Tomasz; Currie, Philip J.; Fanti, Federico; Lefeld, Jerzy
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