Icnofósseis (paleotocas e crotovinas) atribuídos a mamíferos extintos no sudeste e sul do Brasil

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Buchmann, Francisco Sekiguchi [UNESP]
Lopes, Renato Pereira
Caron, Felipe

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Soc Brasileira Paleontologia


ICHNOFOSSILS (PALEO-BURROWS and CROTOVINES) ATTRIBUTED TO EXTINCT MAMMALS IN SOUTHEASTERN and SOUTH BRAZIL. This work presents information regarding tunnels which are attributed to large extinct mammals. These structures can be found in several places in southeastern and southern Brazil, in different types of substrate, occurring as hollow structures (paleo-burrows) or those filled with sediments (crotovines). The dimensions and osteoderm and claw imprints found along the internal walls of the paleo-burrow found on aluvial fan deposits near the town of Cristal (Rio Grande do Sul State) suggest that a dasypodid xenarthran might have dug this structure. Comparison with similar structures found in Argentina can provide more detailed information regarding the paleoecology and biostratigraphy of the organisms that made these burrows.



ichnofossils, paleo-burrows, crotovines, Xenarthra, Dasypodidae

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Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia. Sao Leopoldo: Soc Brasileira Paleontologia, v. 12, n. 3, p. 247-256, 2009.