Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

First record of the ichnofossil Atollites from the Late Cretaceous of the Northern Apennines, Italy

Enrico Serpagli

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 50 (2), 2005: 403-408

A new radial trace fossil, Atollites italicum ichnosp. nov., is reported from Upper Cretaceous sediments of the Northern Apennines ( Italy ). It is made up of several cylinder-club systems, which are interpreted as radiating in a possible faint spiral pattern from a central shaft. The pre-diagenetic reconstruction of the Atollites structure is attempted for the first time. The trace fossil may be attributed to small crustaceans or, less probably, it represents a feeding burrow of other deposit feeders.

Key words: Radial trace fossil, Cretaceous, Apennines, Italy.

Enrico Serpagli [], Dipartimento del Museo di Paleobiologia e dell’Orto Botanico, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Università 4, 41100 Modena, Italy.

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