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Vlad A. Codrea, Alexandru A. Solomon, Marton Venczel and Thierry smith (2016)

First mammal species identified from the Upper Cretaceousof the Rusca Montana Basin (Transylvania, Romania)

Comptes Rendus Palevol, in press.

Multituberculate mammals are scarce in the Late Cretaceous of Europe, being recorded exclusively from the Maastrichtian terrestrial deposits of the Hateg and Transylvanian basins, in Romania. Moreover, they all belong to the endemic and primitive cimolodontan family Kogaionidae. Here, we report multituberculate teeth originating from the Maastrichtian fluviatile sediments of the Rusca Montana Basin (Occidental Carpathians, Poiana Rusca Mountains). This is the westernmost occurrence of these Cretaceous mammals in Romania. These teeth are assigned to Barbatodon oardaensis, the smallest Cretaceous kogaionid species. This study presents the first occurrence of this species outside the Metaliferi sedimentary area (southwestern Transylvania, Romania). The distribution of Romanian Maastrichtian kogaionids is also discussed.

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