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Ameghiniana

versión impresa ISSN 0002-7014

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VILA, Bernat; JACKSON, Frankie  y  GALOBART, Àngel. First data on dinosaur eggs and clutches from Pinyes locality (Upper Cretaceous, Southern Pyrenees). Ameghiniana [online]. 2010, vol.47, n.1, pp. 79-87. ISSN 0002-7014.

We describe a new megaloolithid locality discovered near Coll de Nargó (Catalonia, northeastern Iberian Peninsula). Eggs at the Pinyes site occur within extensively developed, vertically-stacked paleosols of an alluvial system. Eight clutches were excavated and mapped and biological and taphonomic aspects recorded. Three-dimensional maps were constructed using a Trimble total station, supplementing traditional planview mapping to allow more accurate interpretation of egg and clutch distribution. The Megaloolithus siruguei eggs are compressed, presenting an ellipsoidal shape. The three-dimensional geometry of two large clutches suggests that the eggs were laid in shallow, bowl-shaped depressions. Tangential thin sections of eggshells also reveal abundant pores, consistent with incubation in a high humidity/ low oxygen environment. These data support previous inferences that M. siruguei eggs were buried in shallow pits.

Palabras llave : Megaloolithidae; Eggs; Clutches; 3D reconstruction; Pyrenees; Excavated pits.

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