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New Iguanodon bernissartensis Axial Bones (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Morella, Spain

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Grupo de Biología Evolutiva, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Avda. Esparta s/n, 28232 Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain
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Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, c/ de Valverde, 24, 28004 Madrid, Spain
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Unidad de Paleontología, Facultad de Biología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, c/Darwin, 2, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Diversity 2022, 14(2), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020063
Received: 26 October 2021 / Revised: 14 January 2022 / Accepted: 15 January 2022 / Published: 18 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Palaeoecological Analysis and Diversity of Turtles and Other Reptiles)
Iguanodon bernissartensis is the most frequently and widely cited styracosternan ornithopod in Western Europe during the Early Cretaceous, although some of these assignments likely need to be revised to establish the true distribution of the taxon. Here, we describe a new specimen of I. bernissartensis from the upper Barremian of the Iberian Peninsula. Based on the unique combination of shared characters, the new specimen from the Arcillas de Morella Formation at Morella locality (Castellón, Spain) can be confidently referred to Iguanodon bernissartensis. These characters include parallel-sided anterior and posterior margins of the dorsal and the caudal neural spines as well as the presence of a ventral keel in the posterior dorsal centra and a broad ventral sulcus in the midline of the central surface of the most posterior sacral vertebrae. This new evidence of Iguanodon bernissartensis reinforces the knowledge about styracosternan ornithopods as the most frequently recorded dinosaur group in the Arcillas de Morella Formation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Styracosterna; Iguanodon bernissartensis; Early Cretaceous; Iberian Peninsula; Morella Styracosterna; Iguanodon bernissartensis; Early Cretaceous; Iberian Peninsula; Morella
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Gasulla, J.M.; Escaso, F.; Narváez, I.; Sanz, J.L.; Ortega, F. New Iguanodon bernissartensis Axial Bones (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Morella, Spain. Diversity 2022, 14, 63. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020063

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Gasulla JM, Escaso F, Narváez I, Sanz JL, Ortega F. New Iguanodon bernissartensis Axial Bones (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Morella, Spain. Diversity. 2022; 14(2):63. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020063

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Gasulla, José M., Fernando Escaso, Iván Narváez, José L. Sanz, and Francisco Ortega. 2022. "New Iguanodon bernissartensis Axial Bones (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Morella, Spain" Diversity 14, no. 2: 63. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020063

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