Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

A Lujiatun-like dinosaurian assemblage from the Jehol Biota of Ningcheng, Inner Mongolia, Northeast China

Honggang Zhang, Dongxiang Yu, Yuhui Feng, Rui Pei, and Chang-Fu Zhou

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica in press
available online 20 Jun 2022 doi:https://doi.org/10.4202/app.00975.2022

The Lujiatun Unit of the Yixian Formation yields the only three-dimensionally preserved fossils from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota and crops out only in western Liaoning. Here, we report a new fossil site for the Jehol Biota with three-dimensionally preserved fossils from Ningcheng, Inner Mongolia. The fossils that have been discovered at this new site are predominantly dinosaurs and include a Sinovenator-like troodontid skeleton, three isolated sauropod teeth, some disarticulated skeletons of neornithischians and ceratopsians, and fragmentary lower jaws from a lizard and a mammal. The faunal composition, as well as the lithological features of the fossil beds, are comparable with those of the Lujiatun Unit of the Yixian Formation at Beipiao, western Liaoning, China. This discovery expands the geographical range of the Lujiatun-like dinosaurian assemblage of the Jehol Biota, and increases the biodiversity of the Jehol Biota in the Ningcheng Basin, China.

Honggang Zhang [13700017969@126.com], College of Earth Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Science & Technology, Qingdao 266590, China; Paleontological Institute, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034, China; Paleontological Museum of Liaoning, Shenyang 110034, China. Dongxiang Yu [yudongxiang121@126.com] and Chang-Fu Zhou [zhoucf528@sdust.edu.cn], College of Earth Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Science & Technology, Qingdao 266590, China. Yuhui Feng [here2009feng@126.com], Paleontological Institute, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034, China; Paleontological Museum of Liaoning, Shenyang 110034, China. Rui Pei [peirui@ivpp.ac.cn], Key Laboratory of Evolutionary Systematics of Vertebrates, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100044, China; CAS Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Beijing 100044, China.


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