Lourinhã Formation is a geological formation located in West Portugal, named for the municipality of Lourinhã, from which a wide array of fossils come. The formation is Late Jurassic in age (Kimmeridgian/Tithonian), and is notable for containing a very similar fauna to that of the Morrison Formation in the USA and the Tendaguru beds in Tanzania.

Lourinhanosaurus antunesi

Reconstructed skeleton in the Museum of Lourinhã

The well-known subdivisions are the Amoreira-Porto Novo Members and the Sobral Unit.[1]

Fauna of the Lourinhã Formation Edit

Flora of the Lourinhã Formation Edit

  • Pterophyllum mondeguensis
  • Pterophyllum sp.
  • Sphenolepis choffati

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Weishampel, David B; et al. (2004). "Dinosaur distribution (Late Jurassic, Europe)." In: Weishampel, David B.; Dodson, Peter; and Osmólska, Halszka (eds.): The Dinosauria, 2nd, Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 545–549. ISBN 0-520-24209-2.
  • Antunes, M.T. & Mateus, O. (2003). Dinosaurs of Portugal. C. R. Palevol, 2: 77-95
  • Mateus, O. (2006). Late Jurassic dinosaurs from the Morrison Formation, the Lourinhã and Alcobaça Formations (Portugal), and the Tendaguru Beds (Tanzania): a comparison. in Foster, J.R. and Lucas, S. G. R.M., eds., 2006, Paleontology and Geology of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 36

External links Edit

Dinosaur Park Fm

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