Title

The late cretaceous vertebrate fauna of Madagascar: Implications for Gondwanan paleobiogeography

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-1999

Abstract

A rich, newly discovered assemblage of exquisitely preserved vertebrate fossils from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar provides an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the paleobiogeography of Gondwanan landmasses. Most current plate tectonic models depict widespread fragmentation of Gondwana prior to the Late Cretaceous. The discovery of mammals, dinosaurs, and crocodiles in the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of Madagascar that are closely related to forms in India and South America reveals a cosmopolitanism at or near the close of the Cretaceous that is paradoxical in the context of these models.

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GSA Today

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