Late Cretaceous/Paleogene West Antarctica Terrestrial Biota by Marcelo Reguero,Francisco Goin,Carolina Acosta

By Marcelo Reguero,Francisco Goin,Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche,Tania Dutra,Sergio Marenssi

probably the most exciting paleobiogeographical phenomena concerning the origins and slow sundering of Gondwana matters the shut similarities and, ordinarily, inferred sister-group relationships of a couple of terrestrial and freshwater vertebrate taxa, e.g., dinosaurs, flying birds, mammals, etc., recovered from uppermost Cretaceous/ Paleogene deposits of West Antarctica, South the United States, and NewZealand/Australia.
For a few twenty 5 wide and effective investigations within the box of vertebrate paleontology has been performed in newest Cretaceous and Paleogene deposits within the James Ross Basin, northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula (AP), West Antarctica, at the uncovered sequences on James Ross, Vega, Seymour (=Marambio) and Snow Hill islands respectively.
The on hand geological, geophysical and marine faunistic facts exhibits that the peninsular (AP) a part of West Antarctica and the western a part of the end of South the USA (Magallanic quarter, southern Chile) have been situated very shut within the most recent Cretaceous and early Paleogene favoring the “Overlapping” version of South America-Antarctic Peninsula paleogeographic reconstruction.
Late Cretaceous deposits from Vega, James Ross, Seymour and Snow Hill islands have produced a discrete variety of dinosaur taxa and a few complicated birds including 4 mosasaur and 3 plesiosaur taxa, and some shark and teleostean taxa.

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