Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus from the late Cretaceous of Romania: the most basal hadrosaurid dinosaur

D. B. Weishampel, D. B. Norman, D. Grigorescu

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Abstract

The hadrosaurid dinosaur Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus from the Late Cretaceous of the Hateg region of Romania is redescribed and its phylogenetic position among hadrosaurids and successive sister-taxa is evaluated. Hadrosauridae is defined and diagnosed as a monophyletic group on the basis of twelve of the best-known genera and species previously referred to this higher taxon. T. transslyvanicus lacks a number of features that diagnose remaining members of Hadrosauridae. As a consequence, our study indicates that T. transsylvanicus is the most basal of known hadrosaurids. The late Maastrichtian age of T. transsylvanicus suggests that this species was an evolutionary relict, isolated from its sister taxon (all remaining hadrosaurids) for at least fifteen million years. The geographical distribution of T. transsylvanicus, across an archipelago of European islands at the end of the Cretaceous, may well account for such an evolutionary relationship. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-385
Number of pages25
JournalPalaeontology
Volume36
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Palaeontology

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    Weishampel, D. B., Norman, D. B., & Grigorescu, D. (1993). Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus from the late Cretaceous of Romania: the most basal hadrosaurid dinosaur. Palaeontology, 36(2), 361-385.