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Article: New record of Egertonia (Elopiformes, Phyllodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous of South India

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 2 Part 2 - Cover
Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 2
Part: 2
Publication Date: May 2016
Page(s): 287 294
Author(s): Thomas J. D. Halliday, Andrew R. Cuff, Guntupalli V. R. Prasad, Mechek S. Thanglemmoi, and Anjali Goswami
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1040
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How to Cite

HALLIDAY, T.J.D., CUFF, A.R., PRASAD, G.V.R., THANGLEMMOI, M.S., GOSWAMI, A. 2016. New record of Egertonia (Elopiformes, Phyllodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous of South India. Papers in Palaeontology, 2, 2, 287-294. DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1040

Author Information

  • Thomas J. D. Halliday - University College London Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment London UK (Email: thomas.halliday.11@ucl.ac.uk)
  • Andrew R. Cuff - University College London Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment London UK (Email: andrew.cuff@ucl.ac.uk)
  • Guntupalli V. R. Prasad - University of Delhi Department of Geology Delhi India (Email: guntupalli.vrprasad@gmail.com)
  • Mechek S. Thanglemmoi - University of Delhi Department of Geology Delhi India (Email: moiyaas@gmail.com)
  • Anjali Goswami - University College London Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment London UK (Email: a.goswami@ucl.ac.uk)
  • Anjali Goswami - University College London Department of Earth Sciences London UK

Publication History

  • Manuscript Accepted: 18 December 2015
  • Manuscript Received: 06 November 2015

Funded By

Leverhulme Trust. Grant Numbers: RPG‐2010/129, RPG‐2014/364
J.C. Bose National Fellowship (DST, New Delhi)

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Abstract

We report a new occurrence of the phyllodontid teleost fish Egertonia from the Late Cretaceous Kallamedu Formation of the Cauvery Basin, South India. This is the oldest occurrence of Phyllodontidae in India, and only the second Cretaceous Gondwanan occurrence of this genus, following a toothplate previously described from the Late Cretaceous Maevarano Formation, Madagascar. The presence of phyllodontid fish supports a fluvial–deltaic or brackish environment for the lower part of the Kallamedu Formation, a rich deposit including typically Gondwanan taxa, such as simosuchid crocodiles, bothremydid turtles and abelisaurid dinosaurs, as well as an anomalous troodontid dinosaur. Egertonia adds another taxon of primarily Laurasian distribution to the Kallamedu fauna and further expands the list of taxa known from the Late Cretaceous of both India and Madagascar, strengthening the degree of faunal similarity between the two landmasses in the latest Cretaceous.

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