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¶Byron BLESSED, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol. BS8 1RJ, UK. E-mail:

Distinct vertebrate assemblages from an Upper Triassic cave deposit
In south-west Britain, Mesozoic karstic deposits can be found within Carboniferous Limestones lying immediately beneath an uncomformity with overlying Triassic continental deposits. These deposits contain a range of surface-derived material, often revealing concentrated and isolated vertebrate remains, that would otherwise be lost in an `open' environment.
Cromhall Quarry, the most famous and extensively studied of these deposits, has a growing number of identified taxa (over 24). Blessed suggests that the Cromhall palaeokarst deposit represents a cave system with 3 separate faunal assemblages; a) terrestrial-derived assemblage - rare tetrapod remains and evidence of the first mammals; b) a `classic' Rhaetian fish fauna (with taxa such as Lissodus minimus, `Hybodus' minor, `Gryolepis' and `Birgeria'), c) enigmatic reworked Carboniferous shark teeth [BUT check Duffin 1996].

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MasatoshiGOTO, Departmentof Anatomy, School of Dental Medicine, Tsurumi University, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230, JAPAN

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Modified from Abstracts, Palaeontology, Bristol '99 sponsored by Palaeontological (UK) 28th April, 1999, Bristol

Conference Association

Dr Dominique DELSATE, CRS du MNHN Luxembourg, Paléontologie, 25 Rue Münster, L-2160 LUXEMBOURG

Here is the fauna I identified from the Luxembourg Ladinianof Moersdorf (common work with Chris Duffin) Hybodus plicatilis, Hybodus multiplicatus/multiconus, Acrodus gaillardoti, Polyacrodussp, Palaeobates angustissimus, Lissodussp and Lissodus nov.sp, and Actinopterygian teeth I am busy attempting to determinecf Birgeria, cf Gyrolepis, Colobodus... I am also still busy sorting sediments from the same outcrop, trying to gather more material.

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D'une Fauna Originale D'Elasmobranches
dans les Phosphates du Toarcien Lorrain
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Sciences, 29(3), 153-161
Delsate D. 1992. Chondrichthyens
mesozoiques du Luxembourg Note
preliminaire. Bull. Soc. Nat. Luxemb., 93,
Delsate D. 1993. Synthése Des Faunes
D'élasmobranches du Trias et du