Vitrolles la Plaine, Rognac (Cretaceous of France)

Where: Bouches-du-Rhône, France (43.5° N, 5.2° E: paleocoordinates 36.1° N, 3.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Rognacian Formation, Late/Upper Maastrichtian (70.6 - 66.0 Ma)

• Vitrolles-La Plaine is confirmed to be late Maastrichtian in age, posterior to reversal chron 31r-31n, and located about 15 m above the M. siruguei−M. mamillare replacement (Tabuce et al. 2013)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; limestone and marl

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collected in the 1990s

Collection methods: quarrying, mechanical,

Primary reference: R. Tabuce, M. Vianey-Liaud, and G. Garcia. 2004. A eutherian mammal in the latest Cretaceous of Vitrolles, southern France. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 49(3):347-356 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 47893: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 06.03.2005

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Gastropoda
 Pulmonata - Anadromidae
Actinopteri
 Spariformes - Sparidae
Sparidae indet. Cuvier 1817
 Lepisosteiformes - Lepisosteidae
Lepisosteidae indet. Cuvier 1825 gar
Reptilia
 Testudines - Bothremydidae
Bothremydidae indet. Baur 1891 sideneck turtle
cf. Polysternon sp. Portis 1882 sideneck turtle
 Saurischia -
 Saurischia - Titanosauridae
Titanosauridae indet. Lydekker 1885 titanosaurid
Megaloolithus mamillare Vianey-Liaud et al. 1994 titanosaurid
 Theropoda -
Aves
 Ratitae -
Ratitae indet. bird
eggshells
Reptilia
 Crocodylia -
Alligatoroidea indet. Gray 1844 crocodilian
 Loricata - Allodaposuchidae
cf. Musturzabalsuchus sp. Buscalioni et al. 1997 crocodilian
 Squamata -
Squamata indet. Oppel 1811 squamates
Mammalia
 Tribosphenida - Zhelestidae
Valentinella vitrollense n. gen. n. sp.
Valentinella vitrollense n. gen. n. sp. Tabuce et al. 2004 eutherian
UM-VLP-2 - holotype (damaged right dentary with p4-m3); Referred material: UP-VLP-10-01, a left dentary fragment with roots of m1−m3; UM-VLP-4, a dentary with remnants of right and left molariform teeth; UM-VLP-3, fragment of a probable right PX; UP-VLP- 07-04, fragment of a left upper molar