Micro and Ichnos take the lead | New Species Reported this week

Two new ootaxa of crocodylomorph eggs from the late Jurassic of the Lourinhã Formation, Portugal, were reported this week and received great interest and generalized international media coverage. Other reports in Ichnology described new types of vertebrate burrows from the Lower Triassic. Otherwise, micro and invertebrate took the lead: new species foraminifera, algae and insects, were reported.

The new species reported this week come from America (Venezuela and Argentina), from Africa (Tunisia and South Africa), Europe (Luxembourg and Portugal), and the Middle-East (Oman).


Full account of fossil species reported this week:

  1. Draconisella mortoni sp. nov., a Mizzia-like Dasycladalean alga from the Lower Cretaceous of Oman, was reported in Palaeontology Electronica (17th March 2017). Click for the full-text of this article.

  2. Mourasuchus pattersoni sp. nov., Alligatoroidea, Caimaninae, from the late Miocene of the Urumaco Formation of Venezuela, was reported in PeerJ (7th March 2017). Click for the full-text of this article.

    Two new ootaxa of crocodylomorph eggs from the late Jurassic of the Lourinhã Formation, Portugal. (Credit: Octávio Mateus)

  3. Spirobolivina papillosa sp. nov. and Spirobolivina retorta sp. nov., two new foraminiferal morphospecies from the Bizerte Lagoon (Tunisia), were reported in the Journal of Foraminiferal Research (7th March 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  4. Reniformichnus katikatii, new ichnogenus and ichnospecies, was reported from the Lower Triassic, Main Karoo Basin, South Africa in Ichnos (8th March 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  5. Gallodorsettia kronzi gen. et sp. nov., a damselfly from the Toarcian of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, was reported in Alcheringa (8th March 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  6. Suchoolithus portucalensis, oogen. and oosp. nov. and Krokolithes dinophilus oosp. nov., two new ootaxa of crocodylomorph eggs from the late Jurassic of the Lourinhã Formation, Portugal, were reported in PLOS one (8th March 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  7. Opisthodactylus kirchneri, sp. nov., Aves, Rheidae, from the late Miocene of northwestern Argentina, was reported in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (9th March 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)