Vertebrate remains from the Turonian (Upper Cretaceous) Gosau Group of Gams, Austria

Attila Ősi, Márton Szabó, Heinz Kollmann, Michael Wagreich, Réka Kalmár, László Makádi, Zoltán Szentesi, Herbert Summesberger

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A new, systematically collected vertebrate assemblage from the upper Turonian Schönleiten Formation of Gams bei Hieflau, Austria (Northern Calcareous Alps) is described here. The material consists of teeth and bones of chondrichthyan (Selachimorpha indet., Ptychotrygon gueveli) and osteichthyan fishes (cf. Lepisosteus sp., Vidalamiinae indet., Pycnodontidae indet.), amphibians (cf. Thaumastosaurus sp.), lizards (’Lacertilia’ indet.), mosasauroids (Tethysaurinae indet.), Theriosuchus-like and other, peculiar crocodyliforms and theropod dinosaurs (cf. Paronychodon sp.). The faunal composition is most similar to the Santonian fauna of Iharkút, western Hungary, a phenomenon that can be explained by the spatial and temporal closeness of the two landmasses. The Gams assemblage is of great importance since continental vertebrates from the Cenomanian to Santonian interval of Europe are extremely scarce, and it provides a small but significant link between older and younger vertebrate faunas in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-208
Number of pages19
JournalCretaceous Research
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019



  • Amphibians
  • Fishes
  • Northern Calcareous Alps
  • Sauropsid reptiles
  • Turonian
  • Vertebrate fauna

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Palaeontology

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Ősi, A., Szabó, M., Kollmann, H., Wagreich, M., Kalmár, R., Makádi, L., Szentesi, Z., & Summesberger, H. (2019). Vertebrate remains from the Turonian (Upper Cretaceous) Gosau Group of Gams, Austria. Cretaceous Research, 99, 190-208.